Special Issue "Carrageenan and Its Applications"

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 March 2024 | Viewed by 396

Special Issue Editor

Department of Chemistry, Murmansk State Technical University, 183010 Murmansk, Russia
Interests: biopolymers; polysaccharides; carrageenans; alginates; chitosan; proteins; gelatin; emulsions; gels; surface science; rheology; food technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The term "carrageenan" refers to a group of non-branched anionic polysaccharides found in red algae. Macromolecules of carrageenans are built from repeating carrabious units, each of which consists of two units. Both units may be variously sulfated D-galactopyranose residues, or one of the units may or may not be a sulfated 3,6-anhydro-D-galactopyranose residue. There are various types of "ideal" carrageenans, denoted by Greek letters, of which three types are commercial: λ-carrageenan exhibits the properties of a thickener, while ι- and κ-carrageenans exhibit the properties of gelling agents. The network nodes of the carrageenan gel are spiralized areas at the points of interlacing of polysaccharide chains. Carrageenans are capable of forming supramolecular complexes with other biopolymers, in particular, polysaccharides and proteins, in the aqueous phase. Carrageenans are non-toxic and biodegradable and have antiviral activity, due to which they are widely used both in pure form and as part of complexes in the production of functional materials used in biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceuticals, the food industry, and other industries related to human health and nutrition. This Special Issue welcomes all contributions on the formation of complexes, the functional properties of foams, emulsions and gels based on carrageenans, and their rheological behavior and surface activity. Topics related to the use of carrageenans in the above industries are also welcome.

Dr. Nikolay Voron’ko
Guest Editor

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  • carrageenan
  • supramolecular complexes
  • foams
  • emulsions
  • gels
  • functional properties
  • rheological behavior

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