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Functionalization of Renewable Materials for Printing Application

Submission Deadline: 22 July 2023 (closed)

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Hongxia Wang, Doctor, College of Food Science, Southwest University, China.
Hongxia Wang received her PhD degree (material processing engineering) at Wuhan University (China) and had one-year Joint PhD experience (chemical engineering) at The University of Adelaide (Australia). As a teaching and research staff, she teaches courses on engineering and devotes herself into research interests including rheological and interfacial design of biomaterials and nanomaterials, protein & polysaccharide emulsification, renewable biopolymers-based film-forming fabrication, and 2D/3D/4D printed food innovation. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed academic papers, invention patents, and books (participation), and supervised postgraduate dissertations. She serves as an editor and member of the editorial board of several scientific journals. She is also reviewer for more than 15 peer-review journals.

Yuhao Zhang, Professor, College of Food Science, Southwest University, China
Yuhao Zhang, the dean of College of Food Science, received PhD degree in Agricultural product quality and food safety at Institute of Agricultural Products Processing, at Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and he also carried out abroad research period as Visiting Scholar, at University of Copenhagen (Denmark). He is a member of Excellent Talents Plan of Chongqing Higher Education, Post Scientist of Chongqing Ecological Fishery Industry System, Youth Committee of China Institute of Food Science and Technology, and China Animal Products Processing Research Association. He is also the director of Chongqing Specialty Food Engineering Technology Research Center, and the director of Chongqing Key Laboratory of Agricultural Products Processing. His interests focus on protein function and structure, animal food processing by-product utilization, functional emulsions & hydrogels, and aquatic food processing. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed academic papers, invention patents and books, and supervised more than 60 master and doctoral dissertations. He is also reviewer for more than 40 peer-review journals.

Pei Lay Yap, Doctor, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Pei Lay Yap received her PhD degree (Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials) at The University of Adelaide (Australia). She is a goal-driven materials researcher with a strong passion on the design and development of multifunctional materials with controlled surface chemistry to deliver industry- and academia- leading technological solutions. Her research interest also includes probing the mechanistic insights of the developed materials with targeted species for sustainability and environmental remediations, but not limited to the development of analytical techniques for characterization of 2D materials. She has published more than 35 peer-reviewed academic papers. She is also reviewer for more than 15 peer-review journals.


Renewable resources are made of replenishable natural resources and possess the potential application in manufacturing fields using a broad range of printing technologies. Printing technologies involving 2D printing, 3D printing, 4D printing, and even 5D/6D printing) have attracted extensive attention owing to the growing living standards and higher consumer demand for convenient, innovative products like food or food related goods, with merits including accessible large-scale production, low production cost, less manufacturing cycle, personable customization, etc. Ink formulations based on renewable materials would contribute to the sustainability and environmentally-friendly performance of the modern industry. Printable biopolymers with a special structure hierarchy are particularly appealing to formulate inks for printing as they serve as essential structural components for constructing ink matrix and providing a supportive presence for the printed functions. The aim of this special issue is to discuss development of ink formulation, investigation of ink characteristics and exploration of printing potential for various practical application.


This special issue, Functionalization of renewable materials and printing application, will cover the research topics and works, but are not limited to:


• Modification and functionalization of renewable materials for printing applications;

• Materials processing and compositing for special structure with higher performance;

• Fabrication of green inks with sustainability and environmentally friendly property;

• Development of food inks including gels, emulsions, dispersions, etc;

• Investigation of inks like rheology;

• 2D printing (screen printing, flexographic printing, ink-jet printing, etc.), 3D printing, 4D printing, or 5D/6D printing of inks for novel applications.


Renewable materials, Material processing, Sustainability, Gels, Emulsions, Dispersions, Rheology, Inks, Printing, Food innovation

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