Special Issue "Chitin Nanofibrils and Nanolignin for Advanced Cosmeceuticals"
A special issue of Cosmetics (ISSN 2079-9284).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021).
2. Visiting Professor, Dermatology Department, China Medical University, Shenyang 110001, China
Interests: skin pharmacology; cosmetic formulation and production; natural polymers; nanocomposites; nanobiotechnology; natural ingredients; history of health care
Interests: biopolymeric structural and functional materials for cosmetic applications and their packaging; biocompatibility in personal care applications; materials with improved end-of-life (recyclable, compostable); coatings for functionalized surfaces; nanotechnology and nanomaterials applied to bioplastics and biopolymers; biobased alternatives for materials and functional molecules
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
The adoption of sustainable development strategies has become a must in our society to avert the current situation with pollution and the consequent environmental and social disaster. One of the aspects to address this is to utilize the great quantity of unexploited waste material due to fishery byproducts and plant biomass. Given that the quantity of this recovered material is estimated at around 300 million tons per year, only 20% is used, nearly exclusively, in the production of energy. On the other hand, chitin and lignin, if well characterized and used in their nanodimensions, have shown to be useful in producing various nanoparticles (NPs) and nanocomposites which may be used in different industrial fields such as agriculture and in electronics, household items, cosmetics, and medical devices. Given the different electrical charges that may cover their surface, these polymers may be complexed using a gelation method to generate micro/nanoparticles able to encapsulate different active ingredients. In turn, the obtained nanocapsules may be embedded into nanoemulsions/gels or into nonwoven tissues/films suitable for cosmetic treatments produced by electrospinning or casting technologies, respectively. It is worth underlining that the special ecofriendly tissues obtained from these natural polymers could be used to produce innovative and biodegradable single-use surgical masks and menstrual products, baby nappies, and wet wipes to reduce the actual volume of non-biodegradable plastic waste, which has further increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is interesting, in fact, to underline that both chitin and lignin, along with their complexes, are easily metabolized into compounds that can be utilized by human as well as plant cells as food and/or energy, being both skin- and environmentally friendly.
This Special Issue aims to gather research and review papers to increase the knowledge and use of these natural polymers and their derived compounds and discover new ways of producing innovative and smart products to be used as cosmeceuticals.
Prof. Dr. Pierfrancesco Morganti
Prof. Dr. Maria Beatrice Coltelli
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. Cosmetics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly 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 1400 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.