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Polysaccharide Based Antimicrobial Materials: Structure, Activity, and Mechanism

Call for Papers

Recently, antimicrobial properties of natural polysaccharides and their derivatives have received increasing attention. Owing to their unique features in biocompatibility, biodegradability, and low toxicity, polysaccharide based antimicrobial materials are extensively used in areas including wound healing, skin care, food packaging, cosmetic, water treatment, and crop protection. Although certain polysaccharides show decent antimicrobial activities, several major challenges have huddled further development and application. First, the bioactivity of polysaccharides needs to be substantially improved to compete with synthetic antimicrobial agents. Second, the physicochemical properties of the polysaccharide products need to be optimized to enable easy fabrication and processing. Moreover, the understanding of their structure-activity relationship and the antimicrobial mechanism are important and remain to be elucidated in detail.

In view of the advance and challenge of polysaccharide based antimicrobial materials, we encourage authors to submit their original research articles as well as review articles focused on preparation, modification, and antimicrobial properties and applications of polysaccharides. To distinguish the special issue from other existing book series, this special issue is especially interested in manuscripts on used new and exciting approaches in chemical modification, and approaches that can help to better understand structure-activity relationship and the antimicrobial mechanism of polysaccharides. Potential applications of the polysaccharides and their derivatives include wound healing, skin care, food packaging, cosmetic, water treatment, crop protection, and any other pertinent areas.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Chitin and chitosan based antimicrobial materials
  • Cellulose based antimicrobial materials
  • Starch based antimicrobial materials
  • Any other polysaccharides based antimicrobial materials
  • Structure-activity relationship and the antimicrobial mechanism of polysaccharide derivatives

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 18 May 2018
Publication DateOctober 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Yukun Qin, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, China

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