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Special Issue "Polymeric Materials for Food Engineering"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.
Interests: Bioactive and antimicrobial films/coatings/packaging; fermentations; microencapsulation and immobilization of microorganisms and bioactive compounds on different matrices; re-valorization of agro-industrial and environmental waste; bioactivity of natural extracts and chemical synthesized compounds
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Food polymers are classified into three main categories, namely, plant-based polymers (starch, dietary fibre, and cereal protein), animal-based polymers (mainly proteins), and microorganism-based polymers that can be used in food systems. Food polymer materials are very popular for their ease of processing, and for their adjustable properties to meet specific needs by modifying the molecular weight, by varying the atomic composition, or by involving the covalent and non-covalent interactions. Regarding the food engineering field, intelligent packaging is one of the most debated applications of polymer materials, considering their possible formulation to better preserve food quality by prolonging the shelf-life. Also, they may serve as an aid in food processing and improve food characteristics like attractiveness, with an important role in food structure and food functional properties.
This Special Issue of the Polymers journal aims to increase the knowledge in the area of polymer materials in food engineering and their applications, providing a great opportunity for researchers to share their related studies. This Special Issue is intended to provide a forum for original research articles, as well as critical reviews on the current advances in the development of food engineering polymers, including their design, processing, characterization, and nano-/micro-structures; the relationship between the structures and functionality of food polymers; new technologies related to food packaging and characterization; and prospective applications.
Prof. Dan Cristian Vodnar
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- functionalized polymers
- intelligent packaging