Special Issue "Starch-Based Composites"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Farayde Matta Fakhouri

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Universitat Politècnica da Catalunya, Centre Català del Plàstic, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: biopolymers, biocomposites, starch, agro-wastes, food packaging
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Prof. Dr. José Ignacio Velasco
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Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Centre Català del Plàstic, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: polymers; composites; foams; nanocomposites
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The need for the development of green materials coming from renewable sources, able to degrade with no impact for the environment, while keeping the carbon cycle in balance, has become more urgent than ever. This is a big challenge for the scientific community. Research toward the development of biodegradable materials with improved properties and balance of functionality has grown dramatically during the last few years, and a lot of efforts are applied to reduce the gap between the properties of bioplastics and biocomposites and those of conventional materials. Different solutions, such as application of nanotechnologies and incorporation of active components into a matrix, broaden the possibilities to enhance the properties of bioplastics, while at the same time improving the cost–benefit balance.

In this context, different types of native and modified starches, blends with other biopolymers, as well as composites with (nano)fillers and (nano)fibers are being widely studied. Starch is present in a vast number of vegetal species, and hence with a very high availability, and materials synthetized with this polymer can ideally be not only biodegradable but also edible.
Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to share the newest original research works and reviews dedicated to starch-based composites and their present or near future applications.

Prof. Dr. Farayde Matta Fakhouri
Prof. Dr. José Ignacio Velasco
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • starch
  • biopolymers
  • biocomposites
  • starch-based plastics
  • nanocomposites
  • biofilms
  • renewable sources
  • bioplastics
  • biodegradable polymers

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A Comprehensive Review on Corn Starch-Based Nanomaterials: Properties, Simulations, and Applications
Polymers 2020, 12(9), 2161; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12092161 - 22 Sep 2020
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Corn (Zea mays L.) is one of the major food crops, and it is considered to be a very distinctive plant, since it is able to produce a large amount of the natural polymer of starch through its capacity to utilize large [...] Read more.
Corn (Zea mays L.) is one of the major food crops, and it is considered to be a very distinctive plant, since it is able to produce a large amount of the natural polymer of starch through its capacity to utilize large amounts of sunlight. Corn starch is used in a wide range of products and applications. In recent years, the use of nanotechnology for applications in the food industry has become more apparent; it has been used for protecting against biological and chemical deterioration, increasing bioavailability, and enhancing physical properties, among other functions. However, the high cost of nanotechnology can make it difficult for its application on a commercial scale. As a biodegradable natural polymer, corn starch is a great alternative for the production of nanomaterials. Therefore, the search for alternative materials to be used in nanotechnology has been studied. This review has discussed in detail the properties, simulations, and wide range of applications of corn starch-based nanomaterials. Full article
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