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Novel Polymeric Materials for Biomedical and Food Packaging Application

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: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 298

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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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Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: polymer design; polymer synthesis and characterization; polymer modification; copolymerization; solid state properties; thermal properties and crystallization kinetics; mechanical characterization; bio-based monomers; bio-based polymers; nano-polymer; nanocomposites; gas barrier behaviour; polymer compostability; biopolymers for engineering tissue; polymeric for controlled drug delivery; biodegradation
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Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering Department, University of Bologna, Via Terracini 28, 40131 Bologna, Italy
Interests: synthesis and characterization of bio-based and biodegradable polymers for packaging applications and biomedicine
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to a United Nations (UN) estimation, the world population will grow enormously, reaching a peak in the 2080s. This prospect, combined with concerns about the sustainability of the global food system, has opened many discussions on food security as well as on the control of health conditions of the population. In this context, the agri-food and biomedical sectors are increasingly criticized for their harmful environmental impact and the high consumption of natural resources, and must face the current challenges of demographic growth and climate change, as reported in Agenda 2023 of the United Nations for Sustainable Development. 

This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of new strategies and solutions with the aim of developing new materials to be used in medical applications and in food packaging. Researchers are invited to contribute original research and review articles focusing on transdisciplinary aspects related to: i) identifying renewable resources to synthesize new materials; ii) the study of sustainable production processes and technologies for biobased and biodegradable materials; iii) exploiting wastes as a source of monomers for the synthesis of new biobased and biodegradable materials. 

The visibility and impact of these works will be promoted through the open-access platform of the journal.

Dr. Valentina Siracusa
Prof. Dr. Nadia Lotti
Dr. Giulia Guidotti
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. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • bio-based polymers
  • biodegradable polymers
  • compostable polymers
  • packaging
  • biomedical application
  • polymer structure–properties relationship
  • polymers from wastes

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