Special Issue "Nanotechnology in Food Packaging"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Luciano Piergiovanni
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Guest Editor
PackLAB, Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS), Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan 2 20133, Italy
Interests: main fields of research in food packaging are: nanocellulose coatings, high barrier materials, active packaging, shelf life studies, modified atmosphere packaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

From the earliest experimental evidence of the effects that nanometric sizes determine with respect to chemical and physical-chemical properties of materials, the packaging industry, in general, and that of food packaging, in particular, is considered to be one of the most useful application of nanotechnology.

There is a strong interest in significantly improving the performance of packaging materials, especially flexible ones, in order to improve the protective features of packaging and to increase the overall sustainability of the related industry by reducing the mass of material used and optimizing their usage.

Nowadays, it is well known that the nanometric scale can lead to relevant advantages in controlling diffusional phenomena, such as migration or permeability, in enhancing mechanical properties, and in the modulation of important surface behaviors, such as scalping or wettability. Moreover, the finalization of these properties, towards functional structures or devices, enables the introduction of active and intelligent concepts into food packages.

However, many technological aspects related to the production of coatings and composite structures have yet to be fully resolved in order to achieve real and useful applications of nanomaterials in the food packaging sector. In addition to these issues, furthermore, it is essential to take into account the themes of compliance with official regulations and the safety of food contact materials that contain nanoparticles.

The aim of this Special Issue is to attract world leading researchers in the Food Packaging area in an effort to highlight the latest progresses, discuss the underlying physics and chemistry of various achievements, and promote effective applications of nanomaterials and nanotechnology in the food packaging field. Contributions dealing with theoretical investigations, experimental verifications, and proposals of real applications will be therefore welcomed to the special issue "Nanotechnology in Food Packaging".

Prof. Dr. Luciano Piergiovanni
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Food Packaging Materials

  • Nanomaterials

  • Nanocomposites

  • Diffusional Properties

  • Mechanical Properties

  • Surface Properties

  • Active & Intelligent Packaging

  • Food Contact Compliance

  • Packaging Sustainability

  • Shelf Life Extension

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Investigations into the Potential Abrasive Release of Nanomaterials due to Material Stress Conditions—Part B: Silver, Titanium Nitride, and Laponite Nanoparticles in Plastic Composites
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(2), 221; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9020221 - 09 Jan 2019
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Three plastic nanocomposites containing the nanomaterials silver, titanium nitride, and laponite were investigated on the potential to release nanoparticulates under stress conditions into food simulants. Nanocomposites were exposed to thermal, chemical, and mechanical stress followed by mechanical abrasion of their surface. Particle sensitive [...] Read more.
Three plastic nanocomposites containing the nanomaterials silver, titanium nitride, and laponite were investigated on the potential to release nanoparticulates under stress conditions into food simulants. Nanocomposites were exposed to thermal, chemical, and mechanical stress followed by mechanical abrasion of their surface. Particle sensitive asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) with multi-angle laser light scattering (MALLS) as well as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) detection was used to detect and quantify the respective nanoparticulates. The results of this study demonstrate that even under dynamic stress conditions nanoparticulates are not released from the nanocomposites into food. Full article
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Investigations into the Potential Abrasive Release of Nanomaterials due to Material Stress Conditions-Part A: Carbon Black Nano-Particulates in Plastic and Rubber Composites
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(2), 214; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9020214 - 09 Jan 2019
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Plastic and rubber based composites containing carbon black (CB) were investigated for the potential to release CB nano-particulates under stress conditions into food simulants. Nanocomposites were exposed to thermal, chemical, and mechanical stress, followed by mechanical abrasion of their surface. Particle sensitive asymmetric [...] Read more.
Plastic and rubber based composites containing carbon black (CB) were investigated for the potential to release CB nano-particulates under stress conditions into food simulants. Nanocomposites were exposed to thermal, chemical, and mechanical stress, followed by mechanical abrasion of their surface. Particle sensitive asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) with multi angle laser light scattering (MALLS) detection was used to detect and quantify CB nano-particulates. This study demonstrates that, even under dynamic stress conditions, CB nano-particulates are not released from the plastic or rubber compounds into food. This study intends also to propose a general nano-release stress test protocol for plastic materials coming into contact with foodstuff. Full article
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