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Modification and Functionalization of Polymers, Biopolymers, and Additives for Packaging Materials

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2024) | Viewed by 254

Special Issue Editors

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Center of Bioimmobilisation and Innovative Packaging Materials, Faculty of Food Sciences and Fisheries, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, 71-270 Szczecin, Poland
Interests: functional foods; plant-based foods; dairy alternatives; biotransformation; by-products valorization; fermented products; bioactivity; probiotics; biopolymers; food microbiology; lactic acid bacteria
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Department of Polymer and Biomaterials Science, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Piastów Avenue 42, 71-065 Szczecin, Poland
Interests: biomaterials; biocompatibility; polymeric biomaterials; nanocomposites; biomaterial science; material characterization; polymerization; polymeric materials; tissue regeneration; materials engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Packaging materials play a key role in providing safety and shelf life for food, disposable medical products, and other sensitive goods. They are designed to provide protection against microorganisms, ionizing radiation, excessive migration of water and gas molecules, or loss of visual and functional properties of the packaged product while maintaining their continued integrity over time. However, the widespread use of conventional petroleum-based plastic packaging has led to serious environmental problems due to its non-biodegradable nature and post-use management issues. To address this problem, efforts are underway to explore and improve various strategies for developing sustainable packaging materials, including modification and functionalization of polymers, biopolymers, and additives. These approaches include incorporating additives, such as bioactive natural compounds or nanostructures, into packaging materials, as well as developing new synthetic polymers which are biodegradable and compostable.

In this Special Issue, we aim to provide an overview of recent developments in the modification and functionalization of polymers, biopolymers, and additives for sustainable packaging materials, with a focus on the mechanisms underlying the improved performance and environmental benefits of these materials. We welcome all articles focusing on the preparation, modification, and functionalization of polymers, biopolymers, and/or additives as packaging materials focusing on antimicrobial, antioxidant, protective against ionizing radiation, gas and moisture barrier, and performance enhancement properties. We also invite review articles and those highlighting challenges and future prospects in the field, as well as potential implications for industry and society.

Dr. Łukasz Łopusiewicz
Dr. Agnieszka Piegat
Guest Editors

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  • active packaging
  • biopolymers
  • bioactive additives
  • sustainable packaging
  • nanomaterials
  • antimicrobial packaging
  • antioxidant packaging
  • bio-based materials
  • functionalized packaging materials
  • characteristics of improved packaging performance

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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