Special Issue "Rethinking Agri-Food and Marine Waste and Byproducts for Circular and Sustainable Bio-Based 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: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sílvia Petronilho
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Guest Editor
1. LAQV-REQUIMTE, Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal;
2. Chemistry Research Centre -Vila Real, Department of Chemistry, University of Trás os-Montes and Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal
Interests: foodomics; food chemistry; agri-food waste valorization; carbohydrate analysis and modifications; biomaterials; active packaging; volatile metabolites; essential oils; primary oxidation TAGs; GC- and LC-based techniques
Dr. Mario M. Martinez
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Guest Editor
Department of Food Science, iFOOD Multidisciplinary Center, Aarhus University, Agro Food Park 48, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark
Interests: extrusion; polymer science; carbohydrate chemistry; starch; plant cell walls; phenolics; food functionality; food packaging
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agri-food and marine waste/byproducts are a ubiquitous and abundant source of low-cost, natural, and renewable biomolecules, such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and (poly)phenolics, with great upcycling into food packaging materials.

Their efficient revalorization would not only decrease the volume of problematic waste accumulated in the environment but also result in the generation of value-added compounds for the packaging of tomorrow. Therefore, composition, structure, molecular interactions, and compatibilization under thermomechanical processing into packaging materials, of wasted agri-food and marine biomass needs to be mechanistically understood. This Special Issue seeks to provide a fundamental understanding and novel strategies to improve the performance of biodegradable packaging materials throughout agri-food/marine compounds, a scientific hotspot in recent decades. This Special Issue will also cover feasible strategies to overcome the challenges in the application of agri-food and marine waste/byproducts as functional building blocks for fully bio-based/biodegradable food packaging following sustainability and circular economy principles.

Dr. Sílvia Petronilho
Dr. Mario M. Martinez
Guest Editors

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. Foods 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 2000 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.


  • agri-food and marine waste/byproduct valorization
  • biopolymer chemistry and physics
  • sustainable aerogels/hydrogels
  • natural extracts
  • biopolymer-based materials
  • biofilms
  • bioplastics
  • food packaging
  • circular bioeconomy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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