Special Issue "Food Packaging Bionanocomposites"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Sabbatini Luigia
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Via, E. Orabona, 4-70125 Bari, Italy
Interests: nanomaterial (electrochemical) synthesis, surface characterization (XPS), nanomaterials/nanocomposites in packaging, biomedical devices, cultural heritage
Dr. Nicoletta Ditaranto
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, via, Orabona 4, 70126, Bari, Italy
Interests: Surface science; Nanoantimicrobials; Spectroscopy for chemical analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Recent developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology are impacting the food industry more and more. In particular, research on innovative food packaging materials is receiving great attention as a powerful tool to extend the shelf life of food products, preserve their characteristics, improve food safety, and reduce food waste due to spoilage. Active packaging and intelligent packaging are new concepts, born from a deeper understanding of the interactions between food and its environment: packaging is endowed with properties not only able to preserve food quality, but also to monitor its status and warn about problems.

This Special Issue is devoted to the development of bio-based nanocomposites to be used in food packaging applications. The term “bionanocomposite” refers to nanocomposites including a naturally occurring polymer (biopolymer) mixed with inorganic solids and exhibiting at least one dimension on the nanometer scale. Such hybrid materials are designed to be invaluable for their environmental sustainability and for the multifunctional properties they can exhibit, such as biodegradability, antimicrobial activity, mechanical and thermal characteristics, and high barrier properties against the diffusion of oxygen, carbon dioxide, flavor compounds, and water vapor. For this Special Issue, we invite contributions on innovative preparation and processing technologies to obtain bio-based polymer nanocomposites with enhanced food packaging performance, as well as different characterization approaches and application cases.

Full-size articles, short communications, and reviews are welcome.

Prof. Sabbatini Luigia
Dr. Nicoletta Ditaranto
Guest Editors

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  • nanocomposites
  • food packaging
  • active packaging
  • bio-based polymers
  • antimicrobial nanocomposites

Published Papers

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