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Multifunctional Application of Biopolymers and Biomaterials 2.0

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: 15 November 2024 | Viewed by 170

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Department of Chemical Sciences, Università degli Studi di Catania, 95125 Catania, Italy
Interests: packaging materials; bio-based and biodegradable polymers; bio-based and biodegradable polyesters; green composites; polymerization of biopolymers; processing of bioplastics; sustainable polymer for food preservation; biopolymers for food packaging; edible films; compostable packaging; monomers from renewable resources; polymers from renewable resources; gas barrier properties; life cycle assessment (LCA) study; bioeconomy; circular economy
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Dear Colleagues,

Biopolymers and biomaterials are two interlinked key topics of interest in the field of composite materials today. The use of biopolymers and biomaterials is inevitable now or in the near future, as it has already been established that synthetic polymers and chemically synthesized materials are very harmful to both living beings and the environment. The excess use of non-biodegradable polymers has already caused severe damage to ecosystems, and, thus, biobased degradable polymers can serve as the ideal replacement. To this end, biopolymers from various natural sources, such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, etc., individually or in a blend version, are being used to create composites for various purposes, such as packaging, biomedical, etc. On the other hand, chemical preservatives are very commonly used items in food items to enhance food shelf life; recently, however, numerous reports have shown their negative impact. In this context, to improve the physical properties of biopolymer-based composite materials and their functionality, biomaterials are superior to chemically produced synthetic toxic materials. Some biomaterials with value-added functional properties are bioactive compounds, plant extract, essential oils, natural colorants, etc. The combination of biobased polymers and biomaterials can be useful to the manufacture of functional composite materials.

The main goal of this Special Issue is to collect manuscripts exploring the recent progress in the preparation of biobased composite materials utilizing biopolymers and biomaterials for potential applications, including, but not limited to, packaging, biomedical regime, and cosmetics. This themed research topic is expected to provide more awareness of the use of biobased polymers and biomaterials in innumerable aspects of our daily used items.

Dr. Valentina Siracusa
Guest Editor

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  • biopolymers
  • nanomaterials
  • biomaterials
  • functional materials
  • bioactive natural compounds
  • essential oil emulsion
  • natural colorant
  • plant extract
  • bioactive compounds
  • nanocomposite
  • functional composite
  • composite film and coatings

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