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Special Issue "Vesicular Encapsulation of Bioactives and Nutraceuticals—Advantages and Applications"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioactives and Nutraceuticals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Diego A. Moreno
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Guest Editor
1. Phytochemistry and Healthy Foods Laboratory, Department of Food Science and Technology, National Council for Scientific Research (CEBAS-CSIC), Murcia, Spain 2. Associated Unit of R&D and Innovation CEBAS-CSIC+UPCT on “Quality and Risk Assessment of Foods”, CEBAS-CSIC, Campus Espinardo - 25, E-30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: food science and technology; phytochemistry; bioactive compounds; health-promoters, functional ingredients; natural foods; healthy foods; energy metabolism (obesity and diabetes); human nutrition; wellbeing
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Prof. Dr. Micaela Carvajal-Alcaráz
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Guest Editor
Aquaporins Group, Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura, CEBAS-CSIC, Campus Universitario de Espinardo - 25, E-30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: aquaporins; plant adaptation to climate change; water absorption and transport in plants; proteomics and genomics of aquaporins; nanotechnology of proteins; biomolecules of industrial use
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vesicular encapsulation of bioactive compounds entraps the chemical entities in a thin layer, or a vesicular system separates them from the external environment. The encapsulation process into vesicles can be physical or chemical, and micro- and nanoencapsulation that can be used to deliver nutrients, phytochemicals, therapeutics, nutraceuticals, etc. The encapsulation improves nutrition, extends shelf-life, and offers great opportunities to expand the product development options for agriculture, food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries.

Research and development at public and private level is providing options to encapsulate solutions for food, feed, pharma, and cosmetics, and the active substances or products are protected in these structures that creats barriers to preserving them during processing and facilitate the release and the delivery at the right moment and place for better efficiency. The control of the release is useful for:

  • Protecting the bioactives and nutraceuticals during shelf-life;
  • Preventing losses of quality (moisture, rancidities, etc.);
  • Enhancing organoleptic properties (taste, masking undesirable odors, etc.);
  • Fortification (of nutrients);
  • Delivery of functional ingredients;
  • Stability;
  • Enhancing bioavailability;
  • Facilitating delivery.

The encapsulated bioactives and nutraceuticals require generation of knowledge and evidence beyond the state-of-the-art on the molecular sciences and related areas with special interest in stability, bioaccessibility, bioavailability, and bioactivity. Research and development and innovations in these subjects are welcome in this Special Issue.

Dr. Diego A. Moreno
Prof. Dr. Micaela Carvajal-Alcaráz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • vesicles
  • nanoencapsulation
  • microencapsulation
  • nutrient
  • bioactive compounds
  • therapeutic
  • nutraceutical
  • cosmeceutical
  • delivery
  • controlled release
  • bioaccesibility
  • bioavailabilty
  • bioactivity

Published Papers

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