Advanced Polymers in Food Industry II

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2024 | Viewed by 5984

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College of Food Science and Light Industry, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing 211816, China
Interests: macromolecules; conjugates; antibacterial films
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School of Pharmacy, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210023, China
Interests: proteins; polysaccharides; emulsion-based edible films
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are currently inviting submissions for a Special Issue of Polymers entitled “Advanced Polymers in Food Industry II”. This Special Issue will be specifically dedicated to works related to the application of polymers in food emulsions, gels and packaging. This Special Issue covers topics such as:

  • The synthesis and safety evaluation of novel polymers as food ingredients;
  • The surface modification of polymers and their utilization in the food industry;
  • The fabrication of nanoemulsions/microemulsions by using polymers;
  • The development of polymers-based gels;
  • Applications of polymers in food packaging;
  • Polymeric-based systems for bioactive agent delivery;
  • Construction and application of polymers for trace determination. 

Dr. Chen Li
Dr. Feng Xue
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • polymer
  • emulsion
  • gel
  • packaging
  • delivery
  • determination

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An Edible Antibacterial Coating Integrating Lytic Bacteriophage Particles for the Potential Biocontrol of Salmonella enterica in Ripened Cheese
by Marta M. D. C. Vila, Edjane C. Cinto, Arthur O. Pereira, Denicezar Â. Baldo, José M. Oliveira Jr. and Victor M. Balcão
Polymers 2024, 16(5), 680; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16050680 - 02 Mar 2024
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The goal of this research was to create an antibacterial biopolymeric coating integrating lytic bacteriophages against Salmonella enterica for use in ripened cheese. Salmonella enterica is the main pathogen that contaminates food products and the food industry. The food sector still uses costly [...] Read more.
The goal of this research was to create an antibacterial biopolymeric coating integrating lytic bacteriophages against Salmonella enterica for use in ripened cheese. Salmonella enterica is the main pathogen that contaminates food products and the food industry. The food sector still uses costly and non-selective decontamination and disease control methods. Therefore, it is necessary to look for novel pathogen biocontrol technologies. Bacteriophage-based biocontrol seems like a viable option in this situation. The results obtained show promise for food applications since the edible packaging developed (EdiPhage) was successful in maintaining lytic phage viability while preventing the contamination of foodstuff with the aforementioned bacterial pathogen. Full article
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Development of Novel Cornstarch Hydrogel-Based Food Coolant and its Characterization
by Yalu Zheng, Yan Ma, Ruchika Hansanie Ukwatta, Feng Xue and Chen Li
Polymers 2024, 16(5), 569; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16050569 - 20 Feb 2024
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The food, pharmaceutical, and supply transport storage chain is seeking coolants that come with plastic-free packaging, are nontoxic, environmentally friendly, robust, reusable, and reduce water waste. To meet this demand, a new food coolant based on cornstarch hydrogel was developed and tested using [...] Read more.
The food, pharmaceutical, and supply transport storage chain is seeking coolants that come with plastic-free packaging, are nontoxic, environmentally friendly, robust, reusable, and reduce water waste. To meet this demand, a new food coolant based on cornstarch hydrogel was developed and tested using the regeneration method. This study investigated the reusability, water retention, rehydration, and surface cleanliness of the hydrogel, along with its application in freshness retention for fruits. The results of the gel strength and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis showed that the ideal concentration of cornstarch hydrogel was 8%. Freezing and thawing experiments demonstrated that the hydrogel had the potential to be used as a cooling medium for refrigerated fresh foods. Moreover, the gel strength, scanning electron microscopy images (SEM), DSC, and thermogravimetric analysis (TG) revealed that the freeze–thaw reuse only slightly affected its freezable water content and that its gel strength gradually increased during reuse. Water retention and rehydration tests showed that the hydrogels could be better preserved at −20 °C compared to 4 °C, and the water lost during reuse could be replenished through rehydration. The flexibility in terms of shape and size also allows the hydrogel ice to be used as a customized coolant for various food shapes, as demonstrated by preservation experiments. Additionally, washing the hydrogel after each use can result in a significant reduction in Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureus concentrations by 3.03, 3.47, and 2.77 log CFU/hydrogel, respectively. Overall, the new cornstarch hydrogel coolant is a promising alternative to conventional ice, with the potential to serve as a food coolant. Full article
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Innovative HDPE Composites Enriched with UV Stabilizer and Diatomaceous Earth/Zinc Oxide for Enhanced Seafood Packaging and Antimicrobial Properties
by Korakot Charoensri, Yang J. Shin and Hyun J. Park
Polymers 2023, 15(23), 4577; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15234577 - 30 Nov 2023
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The fisheries industry encounters distinct packaging challenges, including the need to protect perishable seafood from rapid spoilage caused by UV radiation while allowing for reuse. This study tackles these issues by introducing advanced high-density polyethylene (HDPE) composites enhanced with a UV stabilizer and [...] Read more.
The fisheries industry encounters distinct packaging challenges, including the need to protect perishable seafood from rapid spoilage caused by UV radiation while allowing for reuse. This study tackles these issues by introducing advanced high-density polyethylene (HDPE) composites enhanced with a UV stabilizer and inorganic fillers, such as diatomaceous earth/zinc oxide (DZ). Our investigation explores the transformative effects of weathering on these pioneering composites, evaluating shifts in mechanical, physical, thermal properties, and sub-zero temperature stability. Incorporating a UV stabilizer alongside DZ within the HDPE matrix significantly enhances mechanical performance and weathering resilience. These enhancements extend the longevity of seafood packaging while preserving product quality. Moreover, our findings reveal a substantial breakthrough in antimicrobial properties. The inclusion of DZ, with or without a UV stabilizer, results in an impressive up to 99% enhancement in antibacterial activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. This discovery not only bolsters the protective attributes of HDPE packaging but also presents a compelling case for the development of active packaging materials derived from DE/ZnO composites. This study bridges the gap between packaging and seafood quality, introducing advanced polymeric packaging technology for seafood products. It highlights the mutually beneficial link between packaging improvements and ensuring seafood quality, meeting industry needs while promoting sustainability. Full article
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Advances in the Production of Biomaterials through Kombucha Using Food Waste: Concepts, Challenges, and Potential
by Anelise Leal Vieira Cubas, Ana Paula Provin, Ana Regina Aguiar Dutra, Cláudia Mouro and Isabel C. Gouveia
Polymers 2023, 15(7), 1701; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15071701 - 29 Mar 2023
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In recent years, several researchers have focused their studies on the development of sustainable biomaterials using renewable sources, including the incorporation of living biological systems. One of the best biomaterials is bacterial cellulose (BC). There are several ways to produce BC, from using [...] Read more.
In recent years, several researchers have focused their studies on the development of sustainable biomaterials using renewable sources, including the incorporation of living biological systems. One of the best biomaterials is bacterial cellulose (BC). There are several ways to produce BC, from using a pure strain to producing the fermented drink kombucha, which has a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY). Studies have shown that the use of agricultural waste can be a low-cost and sustainable way to create BC. This article conducts a literature review to analyze issues related to the creation of BC through kombucha production. The databases used were ScienceDirect, Scopus, Web of Science, and SpringerLink. A total of 42 articles, dated from 2018 to 2022, were referenced to write this review. The findings contributed to the discussion of three topics: (1) The production of BC through food waste (including patents in addition to the scientific literature); (2) Areas of research, sectors, and products that use BC (including research that did not use the kombucha drink, but used food waste as a source of carbon and nitrogen); and (3) Production, sustainability, and circular economy: perspectives, challenges, and trends in the use of BC (including some advantages and disadvantages of BC production through the kombucha drink). Full article
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