Special Issue "Bio-Based Materials for Packaging"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2021) | Viewed by 21723
Interests: industrial enzymology; food biotechnology; hydrocolloid films for food coatings or wrappings.
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Recent advances in food chemistry, technology, and biotechnology have allowed us to tune new methodologies useful for addressing major safety and environmental concerns regarding food and non-food packaging materials. Due to the deficiencies of oil resources and waste management issues, recent research trends are switching from synthetic-oil-based plastics to biomass-derived non-environmentally harmful polymers. The extremely long degradation period of conventional plastics results in persistent contamination and a huge environmental impact. In addition, the presence of various contaminants in the plastics, as well as their possible migration inside the packaged products, is a further reason to replace them with biodegradable and/or edible materials. Therefore, the development of new “bio-plastics”, produced from sustainable and renewable resources, is a great challenge both in science and industry. Numerous biopolymers—including different carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, or their composites—are increasingly being proposed as alternatives to conventional petroleum-derived plastics. These biopolymers are applied in various combinations to provide unique properties that ensure the safety and quality of specific packed food and non-food products,. However, although some of these biomaterials are widely available on the market, there are a number of drawbacks related to both their performance and price that hinder their widespread commercial use. The main restrictions range from their instability and poor mechanical properties to their high permeability to gas and water vapor.
We invite investigators to contribute original research articles and review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to produce bio-based materials able to coat or wrap specific products. We are particularly interested in articles describing new modalities to obtain new materials from renewable biomass sources; the preparation of new coatings and wrappings endowed with properties tailored for specific applications; the development of new processes and strategies to improve packaging; and new insights and challenges in packaging research, applications, and commercialization. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- developments in polysaccharide-, protein-, and lipid-based materials;
- recent advances in the characterization of new polysaccharide-based, protein-based, and composite materials;
- the latest technologies for recycling industrial biopolymer by-products into packaging;
- the development of specific biodegradable/edible coatings or wrappings containing active ingredients (flavors, colorants, antioxidants, antimicrobials, etc.) and/or nanoparticles; and
- current marketing aspects of biopolymers as food packaging materials.
Prof. Dr. Raffaele Porta
Prof. Dr. Prospero Di Pierro
Dr. Mohammed Sabbah
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- bio-based materials
- biodegradable materials
- edible films