Special Issue "Antibacterial Coatings and Biofilm"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dan Cristian Vodnar Website E-Mail
Department of Food Science, Institute of Life Sciences, Faculty of Food Science and Technology, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV) Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: Bioactive and antimicrobial films/coatings/packaging; fermentations; microencapsulation and immobilization of microorganisms and bioactive compounds on different matrices; re-valorization of agro-industrial and environmental waste; bioactivity of natural extracts and chemical synthesized compounds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food safety is a global issue with major impact on human health. Occurrence of outbreaks of foodborne diseases, due to pathogen-contaminated food is further exacerbated by those strains that have become resistant to most of the commonly available antibacterial agents. Moreover, the consumers’ perception that the use of chemicals can be harmful is also promoting the use of natural substances.

Antimicrobial coating for medical application is among the pylon-generating segment but, globally, the market for antimicrobial coating for food and beverage has been increasing due to food industry, the key drivers for the market. Food antimicrobial coating market in non-healthcare markets is about US$225 million and is going on to reach US$500 million by the 2022. Packaged food market size is expected to garner $3.03 trillion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period 2015 - 2020.

The recent market research analysis identifies the growing demand for packaged food as one of the key growth factors for the global antimicrobial coatings market. This growing preference among the consumers toward packaged foods is compelling vendors to use antimicrobial coatings to retain the shelf life of the products. The extensive use of antimicrobial coatings can help in reducing food wastage. As a result, the use of antimicrobial coatings is used in the food and beverages industry to coat the containers used for storing, shipping, and packaging. In addition, to reduce pollution, the governments of various countries are also encouraging the use of materials that are environmental-friendly.

Emerging research shows polysaccharides (e.g. fibers, β-glucan), bacteriocins, essential oils, spice extracts, enzymes, proteins and lipids as all natural antimicrobials with unrealized potential in food industry applications, such as biofilms and coatings for ready-to-eat products, fish, fruits and vegetables.

This Special Issue of Coatings is intended to provide a forum for original research articles as well as critical reviews on current advances in the field of antimicrobial coatings and biofilms. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Characterization and development of bioactive and antimicrobial coatings/films/packaging

- Coatings and biofilms applications

- Innovative coatings formulations

- Coatings application in food industry, food packaging, and medical industry

Prof. Dr. Dan Cristian Vodnar
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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Preparation and Formula Analysis of Anti-Biofouling Titania–Polyurea Spray Coating with Nano/Micro-Structure
Coatings 2019, 9(9), 560; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9090560 - 02 Sep 2019
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This paper proposes the preparation and formula analysis of anti-biofouling Titania–polyurea (TiO2–SPUA) spray coating, which uses nano-scale antibacterial and photocatalytic agents, titanium dioxide, to construct regularly hydrophobic surface texture on the polyurea coating system. Through formulating analysis of anti-biofouling performance, it [...] Read more.
This paper proposes the preparation and formula analysis of anti-biofouling Titania–polyurea (TiO2–SPUA) spray coating, which uses nano-scale antibacterial and photocatalytic agents, titanium dioxide, to construct regularly hydrophobic surface texture on the polyurea coating system. Through formulating analysis of anti-biofouling performance, it is found the causal factors include antibacterial TiO2, surface wettability and morphology in order of their importance. The most optimized formula group is able to obtain uniform surface textures, high contact angle (91.5°), low surface energy (32.5 mJ/m2), and strong hardness (74 A). Moreover, this newly fabricated coating can effectively prevent Pseudomonas aeruginosa and biofilm from enriching on the surface, and there is no toxins release from the coating itself, which makes it eco-friendly, even after long-time exposure. These studies provide insights to the relative importance of physiochemical properties of Titania–polyurea spray coatings for further use in marine, as well as bio medical engineering. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Antibacterial Coatings and Biofilm)
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Authors: Szabo Katalin and Dan C. Vodnar 

Title: Biofilms with antimicrobial potential containing tomato-derived carotenoids

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