Natural Polymer-Based Films and Coatings for Food Packaging

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2024 | Viewed by 105

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School of Food Science and Engineering, Yangzhou University, Huayang Xilu 196, Yangzhou 225127, China
Interests: control of water sensitivity in polysaccharide-based films; edible super-hydrophobic functional packaging materials (self-cleaning, anti-adhesion, and antibacterial); exploration and utilization of noval starch resources; comprehensive utilization of grains and agricultural wastes

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School of Food Science and Engineering, Yangzhou University, Huayang Xilu 196, Yangzhou 225127, China
Interests: edible films; functional films; controled-release films; food emulsions
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College of Biological Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, 2 Xueyuan Road, University New Area, Fuzhou 350108, China
Interests: study on the interaction between natural polymers (proteins, polysaccharides, etc.); design and development of food emulsions (pickering); natural polymer-based food packaging materials; natural polymer-based colloidal delivery systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is a sobering fact that more than 40% of fresh produce is wasted before it is eaten, according to the FAO. Packaging food and extending shelf life are crucial for the transportation and storage of food from farm to table. However, the non-degradability of petroleum-based plastic food packaging has led to serious environmental issues. The health impacts of microplastics are also under investigation. Therefore, the design and development of biopolymer-based food packaging materials, such as proteins and polysaccharides, are essential. Sustainable biopolymers with excellent film-forming properties are being utilized in the development of food packaging materials and have demonstrated promising results in food preservation. Thus, the aim of this Special Issue is to provide readers with an overview of the latest developments and advancements in biopolymer food packaging films aimed at extending the shelf life of foods. In this Special Issue, we encourage the submission of research articles, short communications, or reviews.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Improvement of mechanical properties of natural polymer materials;
  • Reduce the water sensitivity of natural polymer materials;
  • The potential applications in food packaging, active packaging and intelligent packaging;
  • Characterization of bio-based polymers that have potential as food packaging;
  • The shelf life of packaged food products, storage physicochemical stability during shelf life, and sensory changes during food storage;
  • Design and characterization of polysaccharide- or protein-based films, hydrogels;
  • Encapsulation and delivery of additives or bioactive substances.

Dr. Ying Chen
Dr. Liang Zhang
Dr. Yi Yuan
Guest Editors

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. Foods is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2900 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.


  • polysaccharide
  • protein
  • films
  • coatings
  • hydrogels
  • active packaging

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