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Special Issue "Delivery Systems for Functional Food: Micro-/Nano- Emulsions, Capsules and Fibers"
A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Engineering and Technology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 March 2023 | Viewed by 4655
Special Issue Editors
Interests: food macromolecules; food physical chemistry; food nanotechnology
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Interests: food colloid and interface; gel emulsions; food oral processing; micro-/nano-encapsulation; polysaccharides
Special Issue Information
Improving the stability and bioavailability of nutrients and bioactive food components to fulfil the demand of functional food development is now a trend in food science and technology. Delivery systems are such promising micro-/nano- structures that they can protect sensitive food nutrients and bioactive components during processing, storage and digestion, and/or release them in a controlled manner. As an effective strategy, delivery system has long been investigated in designing functional foods and intelligent packaging, in different micro-/nano- forms such as emulsions, capsules, and fibers. However, the development of delivery system with low cost, high stability, eco-friendly and safe to consume continues to be a challenge. The utilization of traditional synthesized polymers and food additives are step-down due to the safety and environmental concerns. Natural biopolymer-based encapsulants (proteins, polysaccharides, etc.) are normally unstable in specific food processing conditions (high temperature, low pH, etc.). In this regard, there are many new technologies applied to develop stable delivery systems, such as micro-/nano-emulsification, self-assembly, electro-spinning (-spraying), micro-/nano-fluidics. However, many of them are costly and difficult for industrialization, or very critical on the choice of materials, the ratios and approaches. In addition, there is a need for detailed investigation on the controlled dissolution and diffusion mechanisms of delivery systems, and their interactions with other components in foods.
Therefore, the main aim of this Special Issue is to present new approaches and achievements, dedicated to exploring innovative micro-/nano- emulsions, capsules, and fibers as delivery systems, developing new and economic techniques to fabricate and characterize them, as well as producing applicable functional foods with these delicate micro/nanostructures.
Prof. Dr. Yue Zhang
Dr. Ruojun Mu
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 2400 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.
- delivery systems
- micro-/nano- fibers
- functional foods
- micro-/nano- encapsulation