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Smart Packaging Sensors for Food Quality Monitoring

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Intelligent Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 2929

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Interests: sensors; functional materials; printed electronics; micro-/nanofabrication
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Dear Colleagues,

Current food packaging practices and technologies result in tremendous food waste due to a lack of appropriate packaging conditions and poor or no monitoring in the supply chain. Smart food packaging sensor systems are viable solutions for reducing inefficiencies and waste, and improving public health and consumer confidence. A major source of premature spoilage in perishable foods is poor handling and packaging practices during transport and storage, and inappropriate environments. Given the importance of access to good-quality produce and the health and safety of the consumers, retailers take precautionary measures such as disposing of food that has passed its “best before” date, which is not a true indicator of spoiled food. Products are often still viable after this date, meaning that large amounts of unsold food are unnecessarily discarded. Conventional food packaging cannot efficiently monitor declines in food quality, so there is a need for smart food packaging sensor systems that are low cost, biocompatible and easy to implement.

This Special Issue will focus on state-of-the-art advances in materials, structural design, sensing concepts, fabrication techniques, and methodologies for the development of smart freshness sensors and indicators. The food quality parameters to be monitored include freshness, ripeness, leakage, microbial pathogens, and emitted gases, which are correlated with food safety. These smart packaging sensors will allow for the monitoring of the quality and safety of food throughout the food chain, from the source of production to customers. Smart packaging systems with both passive and active packaging solutions will be included as well. We invite contributors to submit their original and high-quality research articles as well as review papers related to smart food packaging sensors and their applications to food quality monitoring.

The potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Physical, chemical, electrochemical, and biochemical sensors for food quality;
  • Functional materials for smart food packaging sensor applications;
  • Active and passive food quality sensors;
  • Printed sensors and electronics for food quality;
  • The real-time monitoring of food quality;
  • Flexible sensors for smart packaging;
  • Intelligent packaging systems for food quality monitoring;
  • Optical-based sensors for food monitoring;
  • Wireless and/or RFID-based sensor systems for food quality monitoring.

Prof. Dr. M. Jamal Deen
Dr. Arif Ul Alam
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  • smart packaging
  • intelligent packaging
  • active packaging
  • food quality monitoring
  • RFID
  • IoT
  • sensors for food quality monitoring
  • food safety

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11 pages, 7227 KiB  
NFC-Enabled Dual-Channel Flexible Printed Sensor Tag
by Jonghyun Choi, Ian Visagie, Yi Chen, Robert Abbel and Kate Parker
Sensors 2023, 23(15), 6765; - 28 Jul 2023
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 1723
Wireless sensor tags in flexible formats have numerous applications; some are commercially available for specific target applications. However, most of these wireless sensor tags have been used for single-sensing applications. In this study, we designed a printed circuit board (PCB) module (13 mm [...] Read more.
Wireless sensor tags in flexible formats have numerous applications; some are commercially available for specific target applications. However, most of these wireless sensor tags have been used for single-sensing applications. In this study, we designed a printed circuit board (PCB) module (13 mm × 13 mm) for near-field communication-enabled sensor tags with both electrical resistance and capacitance read-out channels that enables dual-channel sensing. As part of the wireless sensor tag, a square antenna pattern was printed directly on a flexible poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrate and integrated into the PCB module to demonstrate a dual-channel temperature and ethylene gas sensor. The temperature and ethylene sensors were printed using a positive temperature coefficient ink and a tin oxide (SnO2) nanoparticle ink, respectively. With dual sensing capabilities, this type of sensor tag can be used in smart packaging for the quality monitoring of fresh produce (e.g., bananas) by tracking temperature and ethylene concentration in the storage/transport environment. Full article
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