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Recyclable, Biodegradable or Compostable Packaging Materials and Its Safety

Submission Deadline: 30 September 2023 (closed)

Guest Editors

Urška Vrabič-Brodnjak, Doctor, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Dr. Urška Vrabič-Brodnjak is an assistant professor at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering. Her research is focused on bio-based packaging materials, adhesives, it’s stability, Durability and sustainable solutions in the mentioned field. She, as the first and/or corresponding author, has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed SCI journals.

Dimitrina Todorova, Associate Professor, University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy – Sofia, Bulgaria.

Dr. Dimitrina Todorova currently works at the department of Pulp, paper and printing arts, University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy as an associate professor. Her research focus is on paper chemistry and technology, natural-based polymers and packaging materials, its properties and recyclability. As the first/corresponding author, she published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed SCI journals. 


Nowadays, packaging plays an important role in environmental concerns such as waste management, recyclability, compostability, and biodegradability of packaging materials. The impact of newly developed packaging materials on product development, safety, and the environment has been of great importance recently, as they offer significant benefits and can replace synthetic materials. Many novel packaging materials offer a sustainable solution, but there are also limitations when considering food safety, for example. Therefore, the field of polymer degradation and stabilization remains of great industrial interest and is supported by relevant research activities. During the pandemic COVID -19, more coatings and solutions for materials and products to protect against bacteria and viruses were developed. At the same time, there is a growing need to develop new and more sustainable sources of raw materials. A deep understanding of the chemical, physical and biological relationships is of great importance for the performance and development of polymer-based packaging products.

This special issue focuses mainly on packaging materials that are safe for humans and the environment and that are recyclable, biodegradable or compostable.

Topics are included but not limited to:

· Production and analysis of polymeric, packaging materials;

· Materials and food safety;

· Recyclability, compostability and biodegradability of packaging materials;

· Stability and durability of packaging materials;

· Physicochemical and functional properties of packaging;

· Applications of packaging materials.


Packaging; sustainability; circular packaging materials; stability; durability; coatings; shelf life; safety.

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