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Advanced Materials, Technologies, and Innovations in Food Packaging towards Sustainability

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 3536

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Packaging Laboratory, Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC), Paterna, Spain
Interests: food packaging; polymer; nanotechnology; recycling; biodegradable; active packaging

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Packaging Innovation Center (LABEN), University of Santiago of Chile (USACH), Santiago, Chile
Interests: polymeric materials; active packaging; plastics recycling; nanocomposites; product packaging

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Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), University of Santiago of Chile (USACH), Santiago 9170201, Chile
Interests: active packaging; supercritical fluids; release kinetics; mass transfer; electrospinning; supercritical impregnation; thermal properties

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Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC), Valencia, Spain
Interests: active polymers for food packaging applications; antimicrobial polymers; renewable materials

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Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC), Valencia, Spain
Interests: food packaging materials, food/packaging interactions, and food packaging technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Packaging is a key technology for the conservation of food products, since it covers their handling, distribution, storage and consumption. Each food requires a proper packaging with specific physical properties depending on its characteristics and deterioration processes. Over the last two decades, the most used packaging material has been plastic thanks to its numerous benefits. However, the inadequate management of plastic residues is causing serious environmental pollution and the loss of valuable resources. Thus, the main challenge in the area of food packaging is changing the nature of packaging production towards a sustainable system focused in a circular economy. Strategies and regulations at the European and global levels are focused on the search for sustainable materials, technologies and processes in order to reduce food losses, the revaluation of waste and the circularity of products. Meeting sustainability and designing innovative food packaging systems that extend food shelf life are two of the main challenges currently facing the value chain of the food packaging sector, and innovative research around them are open for submission to this Special Issue.

Thus, the subject coverage of the current Special Issue will be very broad, and will be related to innovative materials, technologies and/or processes in food packaging towards a circular economy, the ability to reduce food loss, the revaluation of waste and the sustainability of packaging materials.

This Special Issue will cover new developments in the synthesis, characterization, and applications of polymers and other sustainable materials, such as paperboard, advances in recycling processes and recycled materials, research on biodegradable polymers and biodegradation processes, the search for new sources of biopolymers and packaging systems that reduce food losses, such as active and intelligent packaging, etc.}.

Therefore, we invite researchers/Ph.D. students and scientists from the international research community to submit their unpublished original research articles, short communications, letters, and reviews that cover these topics; we are open to proposing new topics related to sustainability and circular economy.

Dr. Lopéz de Dicastillo Carol
Dr. Velásquez Eliezer
Dr. Adrián Rojas
Prof. Dr. Pilar Hernandez-Munoz
Prof. Dr. Rafael José Gavara
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Keywords

  • active packaging
  • intelligent packaging
  • edible polymers
  • biopolymers
  • bio-based polymers
  • biodegradable polymers
  • recyclable polymers
  • recycled polymers
  • natural additives

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Agro-Industrial Protein Waste and Co-Products Valorization for the Development of Bioplastics: Thermoprocessing and Characterization of Feather Keratin/Gliadin Blends
by Carol López-de-Dicastillo, Joaquín Gómez-Estaca, Gracia López-Carballo, Rafael Gavara and Pilar Hernández-Muñoz
Molecules 2023, 28(21), 7350; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules28217350 - 30 Oct 2023
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Biopolymers based on plant and animal proteins are interesting alternatives in the development of films with future prospects as food packaging. Considering that in recent years there has been an increasing interest in the valorization of agro-industrial residues and by-products and that the [...] Read more.
Biopolymers based on plant and animal proteins are interesting alternatives in the development of films with future prospects as food packaging. Considering that in recent years there has been an increasing interest in the valorization of agro-industrial residues and by-products and that the blending of polymers can lead to materials with improved properties, in this work, keratin-rich feather fibers and gliadins were blended at different ratios in order to develop sustainable and biodegradable films. Control gliadin G100, feather F100 films, and their blends at 3:1 (G75F25), 2:2 (G50F50), and 1:3 (G25F75) ratios were successfully developed through thermoprocessing. The physical properties were differentiated as a function of the concentration of both polymeric matrices. Although gliadins showed higher hydrophilicity as confirmed by their highest swelling degree, films with high gliadin ratios exhibited lower water vapor permeability values at low and medium relative humidities. On the other hand, the feather fiber-based films displayed the highest Young’s modulus values and provided an oxygen barrier to the blends, principally at the highest relative humidity. In conclusion, the blend of these protein-based polymers at different ratio resulted in interesting composites whose physical properties could be adjusted. Full article
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Evaluation the Potential of Onion/Laponite Composites Films for Sustainable Food Packaging with Enhanced UV Protection and Antioxidant Capacity
by Maciel L. Barbosa, Leticia M. de Oliveira, Robert Paiva, Alessandra C. Dametto, Diogenes dos S. Dias, Clovis A. Ribeiro, Magdalena Wrona, Cristina Nerín, Hernane da S. Barud and Sandra A. Cruz
Molecules 2023, 28(19), 6829; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules28196829 - 27 Sep 2023
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Agro-industrial residues have attracted attention for their applications in the field of biodegradable packaging. Recently, our research group has developed onion-based films with promising properties for this type of application due to their non-toxicity, biocompatibility and biodegradability. Therefore, in this study, we investigated [...] Read more.
Agro-industrial residues have attracted attention for their applications in the field of biodegradable packaging. Recently, our research group has developed onion-based films with promising properties for this type of application due to their non-toxicity, biocompatibility and biodegradability. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the effect of Laponite clay concentration on the physicochemical and antioxidant properties of the onion-based films, which were prepared by a casting method. The XRD and FTIR data confirm the presence of the mineral clay in the onion-based films. These findings are consistent with those obtained from FE-SEM analysis, which revealed the presence of typical Laponite grains. In terms of wettability, the results show that the clay decreases the hydrophilic character of the material but slightly increases the water vapor permeation. Optical characterization revealed that the materials exhibited zero transmittance in the UV region and increased opacity in the visible region for composites containing 5% and 10% Laponite. Furthermore, the antioxidant test demonstrated higher antioxidant potential in the composites compared to the pure films. Consequently, these results suggest that the formation of Laponite and onion composites could be an essential strategy for developing natural polymers in the field of food contact packaging. Full article
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Nanoemulsion-Based Multilayer Films for Ground Beef Preservation: Antimicrobial Activity and Physicochemical Properties
by Fatemeh Baghi, Sami Ghnimi, Emilie Dumas, Nour-Eddine Chihib and Adem Gharsallaoui
Molecules 2023, 28(11), 4274; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules28114274 - 23 May 2023
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This study aimed to improve the physical, mechanical, and biological properties of a monolayer pectin (P) film containing nanoemulsified trans-Cinnamaldehyde (TC) by incorporating it between inner and outer layers of ethylcellulose (EC). The nanoemulsion had an average size of 103.93 nm and [...] Read more.
This study aimed to improve the physical, mechanical, and biological properties of a monolayer pectin (P) film containing nanoemulsified trans-Cinnamaldehyde (TC) by incorporating it between inner and outer layers of ethylcellulose (EC). The nanoemulsion had an average size of 103.93 nm and a zeta potential of −46 mV. The addition of the nanoemulsion increased the opacity of the film, reduced its moisture absorption capacity, and improved its antimicrobial activity. However, the tensile strength and elongation at break of the pectin films decreased after the incorporation of nanoemulsions. Multilayer films (EC/P/EC) showed a higher resistance to breaking and better extensibility compared to monolayer films. The antimicrobial activity of both mono and multilayer films was effective in inhibiting the growth of foodborne bacteria during storage of ground beef patties at 8 °C for 10 days. This study suggests that biodegradable antimicrobial multilayer packaging films can be effectively designed and applied in the food packaging industry. Full article
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