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Special Issue "Recent Progress in Biomaterials for Food Packaging and Biomedical Engineering"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomaterials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 November 2023) | Viewed by 2015

Special Issue Editors

Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, School of Agriculture, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara 144411, Punjab, India
Interests: biomaterials; biopolymers; biocomposite; food packaging
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School of Bioengineering and Food Technology, Shoolini University, Solan 173229, India
Interests: photoacoustic; LGFU; ultrasound; bio-instrumentation; biomedical optics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, biomaterials are a key topic of research interest. Especially in the packaging and biomedical regime, synthetic polymer-based materials are extensively used, generating a significant amount of non-biodegradable waste which finally ended up in landfill or seawater. Environmental pollution caused by synthetic non-renewable and non-biodegradable materials is a key concern of researchers as well as consumers. In biomaterials, naturally occurring ones are more preferred over chemically produced counterparts due to their biodegradability, non-toxicity, and biocompatibility. Accordingly, biomaterials, including biopolymers and bionanocomposites, have gained significant interest. Bio-based materials demonstrate very useful applications in the field of packaging and biomedical research regime. The popularity of bio-based materials can be attributed to its various useful properties, such as biodegradability, availability, eco-friendliness, etc. Thus, there are many advantages of using biomaterials compared with commonly used synthetic materials. Naturally derived biopolymers, and their combination with nanoparticles, produced various kinds of bionanocomposite which have been commonly used for making composite materials in the packaging and biomedical sector. Hence, the combination of bio-based polymers and biomaterials can be useful to manufacture functional composite materials within multifunctional applications.

The main goal of this Special Issue is to cover recent advances in bio-based materials such as biopolymers and bionanocomposite for potential applications, including but are not limited to the packaging and biomedical regime. This research topic is projected to offer more consciousness about the application of bio-based materials in the packaging and medical sector.

Dr. Swarup Roy
Dr. Deblina Biswas
Guest Editors

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  • biopolymers
  • engineered nanomaterials
  • biomaterials
  • functional materials
  • biomedical
  • disease diagnosis
  • drug delivery
  • tissue engineering
  • bioactive compounds
  • bio-nanocomposite
  • bioactive compounds

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14 pages, 2604 KiB  
Shikonin Functionalized Packaging Film for Monitoring the Freshness of Shrimp
Materials 2022, 15(19), 6615; - 23 Sep 2022
Cited by 9 | Viewed by 1403
A shikonin embedded smart and active food packaging film was produced using a binary mixture of gelatin and cellulose nanofiber (CNF). Shikonin is an alcohol-soluble natural pigment extracted from Lithospermum erythrorhizon root. The fabricated film showed good pH-responsive color changes and volatile gas [...] Read more.
A shikonin embedded smart and active food packaging film was produced using a binary mixture of gelatin and cellulose nanofiber (CNF). Shikonin is an alcohol-soluble natural pigment extracted from Lithospermum erythrorhizon root. The fabricated film showed good pH-responsive color changes and volatile gas sensing properties. Moreover, the film exhibited excellent antioxidant and antibacterial activity against foodborne pathogens. The shikonin incorporated gelatin/CNF-based film showed excellent UV-light barrier properties (>95%) and high tensile strength (>80 MPa), which is useful for food packaging. The hydrodynamic properties of the film were also slightly changed in the presence of shikonin, but the thermal stability and water vapor permeability remained unaffected. Thus, the inclusion of shikonin in the gelatin/CNF-based film improves not only the physical properties but also the functional properties. The film’s color indicator properties also clearly show shrimp’s freshness and spoilage during storage for 48 h. The shikonin-based functional film is expected to be a promising tool for multi-purpose smart and active food packaging applications. Full article
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