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Development and Characterization of Materials Based on Natural Polymers: Packaging, Active Compounds Carriers and Medical Applications

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2022) | Viewed by 234

Special Issue Editors

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Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering, University of São Paulo, Av. Duque de Caxias Norte, 225, Pirassununga 13635-900, SP, Brazil
Interests: orally disintegrating films; natural polymers; bioactive compounds; biodegradables packaging
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Laboratory of Bread and Dough Process (LAPROPAMA), Food Engineering Department, Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering (USP/FZEA), University of São Paulo, Av. Duque de Caxias Norte 225, Pirassununga 13635-900, SP, Brazil
Interests: food process; functionality; structure; digestibility; development of new products; food lost; food waste; alternative flours; natural biopolymers; bioactive compounds; orally disintegrating films; biomaterials; bioactive kinetics model
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Institute of Environmental, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), Rua São Nicolau, 210, Diadema 09913-030, SP, Brazil
Interests: active and intelligent packaging material; bioactive compounds; biopolymers skin mask films
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The demand for new, more efficient materials, applied to different areas, such as packaging, tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, or compounds of interest to health, is stimulating the development of new strategies and research for the development of materials. For the development of these materials, many polymers are used (synthetic and natural). However, the use of natural polymers is standing out, mainly due to important characteristics, such as: obtaining from renewable sources, large-scale production, diverse chemical structures (which allow different modifications), biodegradability, biocompatibility, reduced cytotoxicity, among others. These characteristics make the application of these natural polymeric materials to be widely explored in different areas, such as in the production of packaging, disintegration films (applied to the most different mucous membranes), in materials related to tissue engineering, such as scaffolds, hydrogels, as carriers of active compounds, nanostructured, among others. Thus, this Special Issue aims to disseminate recent research related to the development of new materials based on natural polymers applied in the pharmaceutical, medical and materials fields.

Dr. Rosemary A. Carvalho
Dr. Fernanda Maria Vanin
Prof. Dr. Cristiana Maria Pedroso Yoshida
Guest Editors

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  • edible films
  • biodegradable films
  • orally disintegrating films
  • scaffolds, hydrogels, controlled release
  • antioxidant potential, active compounds, packaging, coating

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