Special Issue "Nanoparticles from Natural Polymers: Synthesis and Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.
Interests: synthesis and functionalization of nanomaterials for catalysis and biomedical applications; green chemistry and processes: nanocatalysts, sensors, microwave technology, and continuous flow
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Interests: emulsion technology, synthesis of organic nanoparticles, edible film nanocomposites
Nanoparticles are now being used in a great variety of technologies and consumer products, as they provide unprecedented properties. Synthetic inorganic and organic nanoparticles are prepared from a great variety of materials and have found applications ranging from catalysts to biomedical devices or cosmetics agents.
In the quest for sustainability and green processes the preparation of nanoparticles from naturally occurring polymer appears as an appealing way to propose new nanomaterials with biodegradability and biocompatibility. Natural polymers are the main forms of renewable biomass, which comes from the organic macromolecular matter of animals, plants, and microbes (mainly of proteins and polysaccharides) and they are readily available on large scale and at low cost. They consist in proteins that can be of various origin: collagen, albumin, casein, legumin, silk fibroin, … polysaccharides as for example: cellulose, alginate, dextran, chitosan, pullulan, … or other natural polymers such as lignin.
These polymeric nanoparticles can be prepared in different manner include emulsification with ionic and covalent cross-linking, emulsion solvent evaporation, emulsion-droplet coalescence, ionic gelation, polyelectrolyte complexes, precipitation, spray drying, electrospray ionization, and chemical modification. They have found application in lots off area such as food technology, drug delivery (for drugs or phytochemicals), preparation of bioplastics.
This Special Issue deals with all aspects of their preparation, characterization, and various applications of nanoparticles from natural polymers. Both original research and comprehensive review papers contributing to the field are welcome.
Dr. Erwann Guénin
Dr. Endarto Wardhono
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- natural polymers
- drug delivery