Special Issue "Nanotechnology in the Food Industry: Functionality, Applicability and Safety Assessment"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Engineering and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2023 | Viewed by 182

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
Interests: food nanotechnology; food biotechnology; food microbiology; functional foods; physical characterization of biological materials; statistics and optimization; design of experiment; artificial intelligence and machine learning
Department of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts, Faculty of Tourism, Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van 65080, Turkey
Interests: nanofiber; nanoparticles; nanoemulsions; nanoencapsulation; electrospinning; food nanotechnology; food safety; food additives; food quality; seafood; food processing
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Faculty of Engineering, Department of Food Engineering, Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van, Turkey
Interests: nanomaterial fabrication; nanoemulsion; nanoparticle; nanofiber; nanoencapsulation; probiotic bacteria; lactic acid bacteria; food quality; cereals; antioxidant compounds; functional food; food science; local food; sustainability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global population is growing rapidly; however, there has been a significant decrease in crop productivity due to biotic and abiotic stresses, climate change, and water scarcity, hindering agricultural development. This could be overcome with the use of nanotechnology, an innovative technology helping to overcome all such barriers. Nanotechnology allows for the modification or control of every atom and molecule, making it possible to overcome problems in all scientific fields by altering or modifying the size of materials. Compared to bulk particles, nanoparticles exhibit better properties, such as an increase in surface area and physical strength. Agricultural and food systems can be revolutionized using nanotechnology. Accordingly, several patents and publications have been published on nanotechnology in the food industry, including packaging, quality control, nutraceutical delivery, and other areas; therefore, the field of food is experiencing a boom in the use of nanotechnology. Hence, nanotechnology has the potential to address several issues in food production. In this respect, especially, food scientists and food manufacturers are looking for novel solutions to maintain food safety and quality, as well as to improve the functional properties of food products. Different bioactive materials, such as thyme, curcumin, etc., some probiotics and lactic acid bacteria, such as L. reuteri, and various polymers, such as chitosan and polyvinyl alcohol, could be implemented to obtain nanosized materials, providing larger contact areas on food materials. With this goal in mind, nanoemulsions, nanoparticles, nanofibers, nanoliposomes, nanowhiskers, and nanosensors have been recently used to improve food safety and functionality. Additionally, they can be integrated into different types of materials used for packaging. In this regard, the presented Special Issue (SI) aims to include original research articles and reviews addressing the topics mentioned above using nanotechnology applications related to food functionality, applicability, and safety assessments.

Additionally, potential SI topics for contribution are summarized below:

  1. Effects of nanotechnology treatments on retarding microbial spoilage in food products;
  2. Characterization of fabricated nanomaterials with respect to their morphological, thermal, molecular, structural, particle size, and zeta potential characteristics;
  3. Active and intelligent packaging applications;
  4. Effect of obtained nanosized materials on chemical, physical, and sensory quality of foods;
  5. Potential adverse effects of food products processed with nanomaterials on human health.

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Tahsin Yılmaz
Dr. Zafer Ceylan
Dr. Raciye Meral
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanoemulsions
  • nanoparticles
  • nanofibers
  • nanoliposomes
  • nanowhiskers
  • nanosensors
  • recent developments in nanotechnology
  • characterization of nanomaterials
  • food applications
  • food safety and functionality
  • active and intelligent packaging

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