Special Issue "Nonthermal and Advanced Food Processing Technologies: Industry 4.0 and Sustainability"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak
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Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Pierottijeva 6, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: nonthermal processing; advanced thermal processing; sustainability; industry 4.0; food chemistry; food biophysics; digitalisation; sinergy nonthermal processing
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Prof. Dr. Giovanna Ferrari
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Industrial Engineering Department & ProdAl scarl, University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano, Italy
Interests: Applications of non-thermal and novel thermal technologies in food processing and biotechnology.
Dr. Sanda Pleslić
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Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: plasma physics, plasma measurements, materials science and technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this special issue is to invite groundbreaking research idea focused on application of nonthermal and advanced thermal food processing techniques in research and industry. Up to now, nonthermal technologies include high power ultrasound, pulsed electric fields, high voltage electrical discharge, high pressure processing, UV-LED, pulsed light, e-beam, and advanced thermal food processing techniques includes microwave processing, ohmic heating, high pressure homogenization etc. Review papers on the state of the art of the tools of industry 4.0, including smart manufacturing, simulations and process integrations that are applied or can be implemented in the food industry are of great interest. Reviews on digitalization, internet of things (IoT), additive technologies (3D printing), cloud data storage, smart sensors connected with application of nonthermal and advanced thermal technologies as well as synergy of combination and connective application of nonthermal technologies and advanced thermal technologies will be highly welcomed. Research and review papers on the application of artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, machine learning, cybersecurity and blockchain future application in nonthermal and advanced thermal processing will be highly welcomed. The idea of applying the aforementioned nonthermal and advanced thermal techniques is lower working temperatures, reduce energy consumption, lower carbon footprint, reduce water depletion and improve life cycle assessment parameters. Nonthermal and advanced thermal technologies can be applied also as sustainable techniques working in line with the sustainable development goals (SDG) and Agenda 2030 issued by United Nations (UN).

The idea is to bring to the reader new information on the application of nonthermal technologies and advanced thermal technologies with the aim of founding future smart factories in the food processing industry. This special issue will highlight the current application of nonthermal and advanced thermal food processing techniques consistent with the dictates of the industry 4.0 and sustainable developments strategic guidelines. Future focus will be on groundbreaking ideas of application of those techniques related to artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, machine learning, cybersecurity and blockchain future application.

Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak
Prof. Dr. Farid Chemat
Prof. Dr. Giovanna Ferrari
Dr. Sanda Pleslić
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • nonthermal techniques
  • advanced thermal techniques
  • industry 4.0
  • digitalization
  • internet of things (IoT)
  • additive technologies (3D printing)
  • sustainability
  • artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity
  • blockchain

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Applications of Pulsed Light Decontamination Technology in Food Processing: An Overview
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(10), 3606; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10103606 - 22 May 2020
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Consumers of the 21st century tend to be more aware and demand safe as well as nutritionally balanced food. Unfortunately, conventional thermal processing makes food safe at the cost of hampering nutritional value. The food industry is trying to develop non-thermal processes for [...] Read more.
Consumers of the 21st century tend to be more aware and demand safe as well as nutritionally balanced food. Unfortunately, conventional thermal processing makes food safe at the cost of hampering nutritional value. The food industry is trying to develop non-thermal processes for food preservation. Pulsed light (PL) is one such emerging non-thermal food processing method that can decontaminate food products or food contact surfaces using white light. Exposure to intense light pulses (in infrared, visible, and ultraviolet (UV) regions) causes the death of microbial cells, rendering the food safe at room temperature. PL technology is an excellent and rapid method of disinfection of product surfaces and is increasingly being used for food surfaces and packaging decontamination, enabling the minimal processing of food. This paper aims to give an overview of the latest trends in pulsed light research, discuss principles of pulse generation, and review applications of various PL systems for the inactivation of microorganisms in vitro, in various food products, and on food contact surfaces. Effects of PL on food quality, challenges of the process, and its prospects are presented. Full article
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