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Special Issue "Edible Films and Coatings: Fundamentals and Applications"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
In recent decades, awareness of environmental pollution due to plastic consumption has stimulated the research and development of new materials for food packaging that are mainly responsible for plastic waste. The main characteristic of these new packaging materials is their sustainability, biodegradability, and low toxicity. Biopolymers that possess these characteristics are proteins, polysaccharides, and lipids. Films represent a preformed material with specific mechanical and barrier properties that depend on the composition of the film-forming solution and on the methodology used to obtain the film. Based on the uses and composition, films can be classified as edible and/or biodegradable. Conversely, the coating represents a thin layer of material, applied in liquid state directly on the surface of the food: in this way, the properties of the coating are related to the compositions of the film-forming solutions and the food surfaces that can affect the structure of coating during drying. Due to the impossibility of removing it from the surface of foods, coating is preferable to edible material. Many strategies were used to improve the properties of edible films and coatings, among the proposed there is the blending of different type of proteins or the blending of proteins and polysaccharides, the chemical modification of natural proteins or polysaccharides, the chemical or enzymatic reticulation between the polymer chains, and the addition of plasticizers to improve the plasticity or the addition of nanoparticles to obtain nano-conjugate materials. Moreover, in recent years, concepts of active packaging and intelligent packaging have been developed and successfully applied in food packaging. This last point has piqued interest in the use of biopolymers as starting materials to make nanoparticles to be used as containers for active compounds.
The aim the present Special Issue is to present the latest developments in this field through research and review papers.
It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- New proteins and or polysaccharides with film forming properties;
- Protein based films, polysaccharides-based films, lipid-based films, and their mixtures;
- The effect of protein–protein or protein–polysaccharides interaction on film properties;
- Film and coatings surface functionalization;
- New plasticizers;
- The stabilization of film-forming solutions for industrial application;
- The methodology to synthesizing nanoparticles from biopolymers and their uses as containers for active compounds;
- Edible films and coatings for food packaging;
- Biopolymers to make active and intelligent packaging;
- Methodologies for making edible/biodegradable films;
- Methodologies for coating food surfaces;
- Biosensors for making intelligent packaging.
Prof. Dr. Prospero Di Pierro
Dr. Giovanna Rossi-Marquez
Dr. Cristian Davalos-Saucedo
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Coatings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Edible film and coatings
- Food shelf life
- Active coating
- Intelligent coating