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Special Issue "Coatings and Interfacial Films for Food Applications"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).
Since the last decade, large amounts of plastic materials have been used for disposable materials, such as food and beverage packages. However, for environmental reasons, there is a desire to replace petroleum-based plastic materials with materials based on renewable resources. This has led to a growing interest in edible films to be used for the protection of food products, in substitution of materials consisting of synthetic polymers. Edible packaging films and coatings have been particularly considered in food preservation, because of their capability to improve global food quality. An edible coating or film has been defined as a thin, continuous layer of edible material formed or placed on or between foods or food components. Edible films can act as mechanical protection, moisture and gas barriers and, at the same time, can preserve the color, texture, and moisture of the coated product. Coating materials that are currently used include polysaccharides, proteins, and lipids. The functional properties of edible coatings are greatly influenced by parameters such as formulation, film forming technology, solvent characteristics, and additives. Moreover, increasing interest in the food industry has been drawn to the development of novel active films/coatings as food packaging materials.
Fundamental interfacial aspects of solutions used for film preparations can have enormous implications in the manufacture of coatings. Accordingly, understanding the interfacial behavior of polysaccharides, proteins, and/or lipids provides basic knowledge, which is important for the rational design of novel materials. The interfacial aspects of dispersed systems can determine the texture and stability of food products, and monolayers provide a model system for understanding interactions at the interface.
We invite investigators to contribute original research articles, as well as review articles, focused on the development strategies for rationally designing packaging systems with potential health and environmental benefits. Achieving this requires a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together Life and Material Science. Fundamental aspects of Material Science are required to characterize the engineering properties of the solutions utilized for film preparation.
Potential topics include, but not limited to:
(1) Production of edible coatings based on renewable sources, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids;
(2) Recent advances in active coatings containing different additives, to enhance the functional and organoleptic properties of the packaged products:
- anti-browning agents;
- texture enhancers, flavors;
- color ingredients.
(3) Development of specific edible coatings to enhance the shelf-life and quality of different foods;
(4) Interfacial characterization of films with technological applications in food products and monolayers.
Prof. Dr. Loredana Mariniello
Dr. C. Valeria L. Giosafatto
Dr. Julia Maldonado-Valderrama
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.
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.