Special Issue "Food Packaging Materials Based on Renewable Resources"

Submission Deadline: 30 September 2021
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Guest Editors
Jun Liu, Professor, College of Food Science and Engineering, Yangzhou University, China
Dr. Jun Liu is currently a professor at College of Food Science and Engineering, Yangzhou University (China). He received his Ph.D. degree from Nanjing Agricultural University (China) in 2010. His research interests focus on the development of food packaging materials based on natural and renewable resources, and chemical modification of natural polysaccharides and their applications. He, as the first and/or corresponding author, has published 70 papers in peer-reviewed SCI journals. Seven of his research papers have been highlighted as Highly Cited Papers in the Web of Science. He is the editorial board member of Journal of Renewable Materials.

Tomy J. Gutiérrez, Professor, Thermoplastic Composite Materials (CoMP) Group, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Mar del Plata (UNdMP), Argentina
Prof. Gutiérrez is currently an adjunct researcher at the Research Institute in Materials Science and Technology (INTEMA) - National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina. He has at least 20 book chapters, 50 publications in international journals of high impact factor and 7 published books. Dr. Gutiérrez today is developing a line of research in nanostructured materials based on polymers (composite materials), which are obtained on a pilot scale to be transferred to the agricultural, food, pharmaceutical and polymer industries. His main focus is the development of eco-friendly starch-based food packaging materials. He is also a collaborator of several international projects between Argentina and Brazil, Colombia, France, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Venezuela.

Xingran Kou, Assistant Professor, School of Perfume and Aroma Technology, Shanghai Institute of Technology, China
Dr. Xingran Kou is currently an assistant professor at School of Perfume and Aroma Technology, Shanghai Institute of Technology, China. He received his Ph.D. degree from Jiangnan University (China) in 2018. His research interests focus on the development and application of essential oil microcapsules based on biodegradable materials. As the first and/or corresponding author, has published 10 papers in peer-reviewed SCI journals.


The petrochemical-based plastics are poorly recyclable and have resulted in serious ecological problems. Alternatively, biopolymer-based materials are on the rise due to their excellent biocompatibility and environmental friendliness. Up to now, several food packaging materials have been fabricated by using natural and renewable polysaccharides (e.g. starch, cellulose, chitosan, pectin, alginate and agar), proteins (gelatin, zein and soy protein isolate) and lipids. 
This Special Issue mainly focuses on food packaging materials based on renewable resources. Topics of interest include but not limited to the characterization, structure, physicochemical and functional properties, and applications (coating or film packaging) of food packaging materials prepared from renewable resources. Both research and review articles on this topic are welcomed.

Food packaging; Polysaccharides; Proteins; Lipids; Coating; Film; Characterization; Structure; Physicochemical property; Functional property; Application

Published Papers
  • Preparation and Properties of Bio-Based Flame Retardant Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Abstract Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) has been widely used in the fields of medical, food and packaging due to its excellent biocompatibility, good fiber-forming and film-forming properties. However, the high flammability of PVA has greatly limited its wider applications. The flame-retardant PVA was prepared by melt blending of a bio-based flame retardant (prepared from lignin, phosphoric acid and carbamide) with thermoplastic PVA (TPVA). The chemical structure, morphology, thermal properties, mechanical properties, fire property and fluidity of this flame retardant PVA were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectrometer(FTIR), field emission scanning electron microscope(SEM), thermogravimetric analyzer(TGA), impact tester, universal testing machine, horizontal-vertical burning tester,… More
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  • Conceptual Design and Selection of Natural Fibre Reinforced Biopolymer Composite (NFBC) Takeout Food Container
  • Abstract Biopolymer composite has gained huge attention for its beneficial properties such as biodegradable and less impact to the environment. This consequently would diminish the dependency on the petroleum-based polymer. Abundance of studies have been done on the development and characterization of biopolymer composite materials for food packaging application, but work on the conceptual design of biopolymer composite packaging product is hardly found. Using the Kano Model, Quality Function Deployment for Environment (QFDE), morphological map, and Analytic Hierarchy Method (AHP) framework combination, this paper presents the conceptual design of a natural fibre reinforced biopolymer composites take-out food container. To understand customer… More
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  • Recent Advances in the Preparation, Characterization and Applications of Locust Bean Gum-Based Films
  • Abstract Locust bean gum (LBG) is a typical galactomannan isolated from carob bean (Ceratonia siliqua L.) cultivated in the Mediterranean area. Due to its superior biodegradable, rheological and film-forming properties, LBG has been used alone or combined with other biopolymers (e.g., polysaccharides, proteins and lipids) to develop films. Till now, different kinds of functional ingredients (e.g., montmorillonite, bacteriocins, antibiotics, plant extract, essential oils and microbial cells) have been added into LBG-based films. Notably, the physical and functional properties of LBG-based films are affected by many factors, such as the structure of LBG, the type and content of other biopolymers and functional… More
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