Special Issue "The Potential of Nanocomposites in the Packaging Field"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 June 2020.
Interests: Polymer processing and characterization; Polymeric nanocomposites; Polymeric films for food packaging; Multilayers films
Interests: Polymeric Food packaging materials; Active barrier polymeric films; Food packaging sustainability; Multilayer barrier films; Polymer rheology; Polymer recycling
in recent years we are witnessing a deep evolution of food packaging materials and technologies, in response to the increasingly complex needs of the markets, of the distribution and of consumers. Packaging systems have therefore become increasingly sophisticated, adding new features that can be achieved thanks to the rapid evolution of new materials. In particular, the development of nanostructured materials and nanotechnologies has made it possible to implement and accelerate innovation in the field of food packaging. Actually, several applications of nanomaterials in packaging and food safety have been studied and developed including for instance polymer/clay nanocomposites as high barrier packaging materials, silver nanoparticles as potent antimicrobial agents, nanosensors and nanomaterial-based assays for the detection of food contaminants or control the packaging conditions integrity.
Furthermore, the increasing use of nanoparticle-based materials is bringing many concerns for the possible effects of their contact with food.
Thus, the above mentioned issues strongly need to be further investigated in order to exploit the several potentialities of nanotechnology which can not only enable safe and effective distribution and preservation of foods but can also facilitate their end-use suitability and sustainability both at producer and the consumer levels.
Papers aimed to cover current and future trends in experimental and/or computational (e.g., properties modeling and shelf life prediction of foods) studies, on the actual use and perspectives of nanocomposites materials in the field of Food Packaging will be very welcome.
Prof. Dr. Luciano Di Maio
Prof. Dr. Loredana Incarnato
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- food packaging
- polymeric films
- multilayers systems
- barrier properties
- active packaging
- transport properties
- mechanical properties
- thermal properties
- antimicrobial packaging
- antibacterial activity
- food contact
- food safety
- risk assessment