Special Issue "Preparation and Application of Biodegradable Polymeric Materials"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 378

Special Issue Editor

Laboratory of Microbiology and Biochemistry, College of Chemistry and Food Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande, Grande, Brazil
Interests: biomass; bionanotechnology; bionanocomposites; electrospinning; food packaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymeric materials have been widely used in the food industry for packaging development due to their performance and ease of production. However, the environmental pollution caused by plastics has driven the search for biodegradable polymeric materials. These polymers have advantages over synthetic polymers, such as reducing the negative impact on the environment, biodegradability, and biocompatibility. On the other hand, biodegradable polymers may have low viscosity, poor mechanical properties, and thermal sensitivity. Thus, innovative technologies and processes should be further explored to produce biodegradable materials competitive with petrochemical polymeric materials to meet the growing demand for safe food and reduce production costs. In this sense, reinforcement in polymeric matrices from nanofillers has been proposed. The interaction between the nanoscale reinforcement and the polymeric matrix improves the properties of several biodegradable polymeric materials. The main objective of this Special Issue is to present the latest advances in the applications and potential of biodegradable polymers in the production of food packaging, reporting innovative techniques for the production and characterization of polymeric materials, strategies to improve the properties of biodegradable polymers, as well as the main challenges and future perspectives in the food packaging area.

Prof. Dr. Juliana Botelho Moreira
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biodegradability
  • biopolymer-based films
  • characterization techniques
  • nanofillers
  • physicochemical properties
  • sustainability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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