Special Issue "Advances in Natural Polysaccharides: Function and Application"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2023 | Viewed by 470

Special Issue Editors

School of Health Science and Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093, China
Interests: dietary fiber; structural characterization; rheology; interaction; food structuring
Dr. Kexue Zhu
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Guest Editor
Spice and Beverage Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Wanning 571533, China
Interests: carbohydrate polymers; polysaccharides; gut microbiota; glucose metabolism; obesity; diabetes mellitus; inflammation bowel disease; immune regulation; antioxidant activity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural polysaccharides are extremely common and widespread in plants, microorganisms, algae, and animals. They are considered as a kind of indigestible carbohydrate or dietary fibers, and found to possess many functional properties and bioactivities. Due to their nontoxicity, sustainability, biodegradability, and environmental friendliness, they can be applied in various fields, including food, cosmetics and cosmeceuticals, bio-pharmaceutical, fine chemicals, and bioplastics, etc. This special issue entitled “Advances in Natural Polysaccharides: Function and Application” will focus on the relevant current knowledge of polysaccharides in their functional evaluation and application, to provide the most recent perspectives on this field. Papers of interest include research of polysaccharides and polysaccharide-based hydrocolloids from natural resources. The research on the fractionation, characterization, physicochemical properties, molecular modeling, evaluation of bioactive/physical functions, interactions with food matrix, and application as food additives, delivery system, wound dressing, packaging, and other innovative materials are welcomed.

Dr. Hui Zhang
Dr. Kexue Zhu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • natural polysaccharide
  • structural characterization
  • molecular modelling
  • biological activities
  • physical functions
  • structure-function relationship
  • interaction
  • application

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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