Natural Polysaccharides: Chitin, Chitosan, Pectin and Gums

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 319

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Food Industry Development Department, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, D15 KN3K Dublin, Ireland
Interests: biodegradable packaging; essential oils; active packaging; seed protein and hydrolysates; high-pressure processing; encapsulation
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Food Industry Development Department, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Ireland
Interests: food packaging; novel food processing technologies; compostable food packaging; recyclable food packaging; starch and protein ingredients
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School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, T12 K8AF Cork, Ireland
Interests: smart packing technologies; edible/biodegradable films/coatings; active packaging; food product stability and shelf-life and quality; modified atmosphere packaging; composition and quality of muscle food products (meat, poultry and fish)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural polysaccharides such as chitin, chitosan, pectin and gums are abundant and are widely distributed in the natural world. Thus, compostable and biodegradable polymeric films developed from natural sources like carbohydrates, proteins, and their derivatives have opened up new possibilities for usage in sustainable commercial packaging, biomedicine, and food science. Compostable and biodegradable food packaging materials are being developed in light of increasing customer concerns about food safety, sustainability, and environmental impact. Many scientific sectors, including health, biopharma, food, cosmetics, chemicals, bioplastics, biopackaging, and biotechnology, extensively focus on them. Over the past few years, polysaccharide-based packaging material development science and technology has been driven by scientific breakthroughs in food packaging applications.

This Special Issue is devoted to the most recent research on these topics, covering all aspects concerning the structural modification and application of polysaccharides in food packaging materials, biomedicine, food science, bioplastics, biopackaging, etc. This Special Issue welcomes high-quality research and review articles focusing on natural polysaccharide materials and their composites. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Polysaccharide-based films, composites and coatings for food packaging;
  • Polysaccharides for food science;
  • Polysaccharides for biomedicine;
  • Extrusion and co-extrusion of polymers;
  • Blending of bio-based materials with polymers to enhance functional properties;
  • Reinforcement of encapsulated compounds in polymer matrixes;
  • Intelligent and antimicrobial packaging and shelf-life enhancement;
  • Degradation, recycling and composting of polymers and composites;
  • Life-cycle assessment of polymers;
  • Migration (study or kinetics) of substances from packaging films, composites and coatings;
  • Machine runnability (tray sealing, thermoforming, vertical film form, and seal) of novel and redesigned packaging materials.

Dr. Mehraj Fatema Z. Mulla
Dr. Shivani Pathania
Prof. Dr. Joseph Kerry
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  • chitin
  • chitosan
  • pectin
  • gums
  • food packaging
  • food science
  • biomedicine

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