Partners and people

Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Chris Breen Project Coordinator
Professor Doug Cleaver
Nikita Siminel

Karlstad University and Vipp Industrial Graduate School

Professor Lars Jarnstrom
Dr. Henrik Ullsten
Yana Petkova

Danish Technical University

Dr. Peter Szabo
Professor Ole Hassager
Jon Trifol Guzman

University of Bologna

Dr. Marco Giacinti Baschetti
Dr. Matteo Minelli
Caglar Mericier

Chesapeake

Dr. Carol Hammond
Bill Marwick
Kalina Malinova

Imerys Minerals Ltd.

Dr. Graham O’Neill

Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble

Dr. Julien Bras
Dr. Naceur Belgacem
Seema Saini

Azienda Speciale Innovhub – Stazioni Sperimentale per l’industria

Dr. Graziano Elegir
Dr. Patrizia Sadocco
Joana Mendes

Papiertechnische Stiftung

Prof. Dr. Frank Miletzyk

Bumaga BV

Dr. Arie Hooimeijer
Dr. Maja Stanek
Dr. Sanne Tiekstra
Mindaugas Bulota

 

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU)

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The Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) at Sheffield Hallam University has over 30 academic staff and 60 researchers.  It was the only new university to be awarded a grade 5 in the UK research Assessment exercise in 2001.

The scientists in MERI have extensive experience of nanoclay modification and characterisation. In recent years this knowledge has been focused on the production, characterisation and use of clay-based polymer nanocomposites. These materials offer significant improvements in mechanical, barrier and fire resistant properties and this has led to patents for the use of clays in reactive fire retardant films and in paper coating technology. MERI has state of the art analytical facilities, which include XRD, FTIR, XRF, FEG-SEM, TEM, TG-MS and TG-GC-MS DSC, DMA and modular rheometry.

Key personnel

Professor Chris Breen Project Coordinator
Professor Doug Cleaver
Nikita Siminel

NewGenPak project hosted by SHU

Modelling the distribution of biopolymer, plasticiser and water in the clay galleries – contribution to the barrier properties.

Karlstad University (KaU)

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Karlstad University has about 10,000 students and 1100 employees, and is organised in four faculties. Most of the scientists involved in the project belong to the Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemical Engineering. This department has a staff about 25 researchers. The research in the Chemical Engineering department is focused on pulp, paper, coating and graphic technology, with a special focus on paper-based packaging.

Key competences for the project are in research on cellulose-fibre based packaging surface treatment of paper surfaces for barrier properties as well as in education on under- and postgraduate levels. KaU is well equipped for research on pulp and paper, barrier properties of polymer composites, paper coating, and graphic technology.

Key personnel

Professor Lars Jarnstrom
Dr. Henrik Ulsten
Yana Petkova

NewGenPak project hosted by KaU

The effect of interactions between biopolymers, nanofillers and additives in barrier dispersions on the flow properties and on the properties of the coated material.

Danish Technical University (DTU)

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Preparation and characterisation of biopolymers and biopolymer nanocomposites for use in packaging.

Knowledge of and extensive instrumental facilities for biopolymer synthesis and characterisation. Familiarity with inorganic and organic (i.e. nanocellulose) nanofillers and issues associated with their use in polymers.

Key personnel

Dr. Peter Szabo
Professor Ole Hassager
Jon Trifol Guzman

NewGenPak project hosted by DTU

Novel clay/nanocellulose biocomposite films and coatings in the context of new packaging material.

University of Bologna (UNIBO)

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Alma Mater Studiorum Università of Bologna is an  higher education and research institution  –  3000 employees- The Department of Chemical Mining and environmental engineering (DICMA) is composed of about 20 full time professors and researchers and about 30 PhD and graduate students. The research topics cover different areas spanning from packaging to membrane processes and from rheology to fluid dynamics and risk analysis.

Key competences for ITN: Characterisation of transport and rheological properties in films and membranes. Modelling experience in evaluation of mass transport and stress development analysis at different scales. Laboratory equipment: apparatus for gas/vapour/liquid permeation and sorption experiments in and through films; rheometers.

Key personnel

Dr. Marco Giacinti Baschetti
Dr. Matteo Minelli
Caglar Mericier

NewGenPak project hosted by UNIBO

Analysis and modelling of gas barrier properties of biodegradable MFC-clay bionanocomposites

Chesapeake (CSK)

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Chesapeake is an International Packaging company, being one of the largest carton packaging manufacturers in Europe, and a UK company headquartered in Amersham, has a total of 40 manufacturing plants across the world of which 35 are in Europe. Chesapeake is a major producer of paper and board based packaging and thus enjoys the support of a large technical group resource and knowledge base, but with local plant flexibility to develop new products.

International supplier of cartons, labels and leaflets, and specialist plastic packaging, Chesapeake has developed highly efficient manufacturing operations spanning the globe with facilities in Asia, Europe and the United States. Now independent, Chesapeake is even better placed to deliver innovative packaging designs, specialist packaging equipment, state-of-the-art technology and focused customer service.

Key personnel

Dr. Carol Hammond
Bill Marwick
Kalina Malinova

NewGenPak project hosted by CSK

The development of printable, high barrier, mineral based coatings for packaging applications.

IMERYS Minerals Ltd (IMERYS)

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Imerys is a world leader in industrial minerals processing and supplies products to the paper, performance minerals, filtration, ceramics, refractory, abrasives and monolithic industries.  In the paper industry it is the largest global supplier of white minerals and has 3 dedicated laboratories covering; fundamental paper research and technical service. There is a strong history of developing new innovative products.

Full partner offering training in; mineral processing, rheology, colloid science, paper physical testing, laboratory printing, microscopy, papermaking, coating formulation development, paper coating, surface analysis. Global supplier of; standard and calcined kaolins, ground and precipitated calcium carbonates, talc and diatomaceous earths to the paper and board industries, from operational sites in Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Key personnel

Graham O’Neill
Kalina Malinova

NewGenPak project hosted by IMERYS

The development of printable, high barrier, mineral based coatings for packaging applications.

Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG)

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Grenoble INP – Pagora is part of a joint research unit (UMR 5518 – LGP2) with National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Its activity starts from wood science to converting & printing of packaging. LGP2 is  one of the most important European public laboratories doing research on the whole paper chain starting from wood to converted and printed paper products. The Laboratory’s particularity is its multi-disciplinary in process, chemistry and materials. Moreover its strong link with paper & packaging industry induces lots of research projects and specific tools (from lab to pilot scale). About 100 people are working in this laboratory including 33 PhD Students, 10 MSc & 5 post-doc.

Staff included in the project has broad expertise with several projects, PhD theses and related publication in the following areas: functionalisation of cellulose materials, preparation, characterisation, modification and use of nanosized cellulose, Project management at national and European level

Key personnel

Dr. Julien Bras
Dr. Naceur Belgacem
Seema Saini

NewGenPak project hosted by INPG

Modifying the surface of cellulose to impart active properties.

Azienda Speciale Innovhub – Stazioni Sperimentale per l’industria (Innovhub-SSi)

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Innovhub-SSi is the Italian pulp and paper research institute. It is an independent non-profit public research organisation supported by the Italian paper and board industries. The activity covers the entire forest value chain from wood treatments to packaging applications. Permanent staff of 30 persons supported by temporary staff on specific projects and graduate students.

Key Competences: (i) Fibre modification/functionalisation. (ii) Packaging Recyclability and Environmental issues (iii) Biorefinery, (iv) Materials Biodegradability (v) Microbiology.

Facilities for the network: (i) Fibre based packaging material recyclability, (ii) Organic recyclability of plastic & fibre based packaging (Lab scale plants for biodegradability, compostability, anaerobic digestion tests), (iii) Equipment for antimicrobials, antioxidants, VOC degradation tests.

Key personnel

Dr. Graziano Elegir
Dr. Patrizia Sadocco
Joana Mendes

NewGenPak project hosted by Innovub-SSi

Developing active packaging solutions through incorporation of organic/inorganic active components in renewable materials.

Instituto Tecnologico del Embelaje, Transporte y Logistica (ITENE)

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ITENE is a Research Institute constituted in 1994 as a private non-profit Research centre integrated with businesses, entities and institutions related to Packaging, Transport and Logistics. Our mission consists of improving business competitiveness through the promotion of research, development, innovation and advanced technological services.

The Packaging division has expertise in the development of innovative packaging materials, food packaging, advanced technologies for the design and development of packaging, Life Cycle Analysis, new packaging systems, new analytical methodology for quality control of paper, cardboard and corrugated cardboard packaging, design of packaging for dangerous goods, packaging in the logistics chain, safety and traceability systems for dangerous goods and labelling technology

Key personnel

Dr. Susana Aucejo

NewGenPak project hosted by ITENE

Active packaging materials with the ability to release chemical substances via physical or chemical triggering and modulating mechanisms.

Sustainability assessment of nanomaterials for packaging.

Zachodniopomorski Uniwersytet Technologiczny w Szczecinie (ZUT)

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Center of Bioimmobilisation and Innovative Packaging Materials (CBIMO) is an interdisciplinary group working as a part of the Faculty of Food Sciences and Fisheries at the Zachodniopomorski Uniwersytet Technologiczny in Szczecin (ZUT).

CBIMO focuses on: formation and characterisation of biodegradable materials for food-packaging applications including modified cellulosic materials, immobilisation and microencapsulation of active substances for different industrial applications.

CBIMO has well equipped labs with total space of 1200 m2 and expertise in application of various dispersing methods and novel bioimmobilisation technologies.  Other competences include; morphological, mechanical and gas barrier characterisation of cellulosic, plastics packaging materials and biodegradable polymer films.

Key personnel

Dr. Artur Bartkowiak
Qihao Tan

NewGenPak project hosted by ZUT

Barrier coatings based on multiphase dispersions.

Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS)

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PTS is a research and service organisation for the paper manufacturing and converting industries. At 2 locations, staff of about 150 engages in research and services with an annual budget of approximately € 14 million. PTS has four main competence centres focussing on resources, fibre composites, surface and ecological relevance. PTS research covers the whole production chain from the raw material wood to the end product paper then further to recycling and waste disposal technologies.

Key competencies include: i) Fibres & Composites, ii) Packaging & Conformity, iii) Print & Functional Surfaces, iv) Innovative Measuring and v) Testing & Analytics.

Facilities include: Laboratories for recycled fibre preparation and deinking experiments, water and environmental analyses, coating colour preparation and application, analytical testing, paper and converting testing, certification services. Pilot plant for fibre technology, stock preparation and papermaking. Vestra pilot coater for the development and optimisation of coated products. Established Training Program provider – Focal points: papermaking, surface technology/coating technology, stock preparation, deinking, energy and water management, paper converting/testing

Key personnel

Prof. Dr. Frank Miletzyk

NewGenPak project hosted by PTS

Meeting packaging requirements for effective product and consumer protection by using the capabilities of multi-layer curtain coating technologies in packaging production.

Bumaga BV (Bumaga)

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Bumaga BV is a small sized innovative enterprise and is located in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Bumaga is a subsidiary of foundation Centre of Competence Paper and Board. Main activities are development and implementation of novel paper production technologies, fibre based products and financial and managerial services for both paper and board producing and converting companies. Bumaga makes a bridge between basic research & technology development and the adoption of new technologies by the market. Bumaga has got a wide experience in accomplishing projects in corporation with paper mills, research institutes and other partners inside and outside the paper and board chain.

Bumaga has expertise in the research on recyclability of paper based packaging, energy-efficiency and material reduction in the paper and board chain, chain research of active and intelligent food packaging in paper based packaging and effective food packaging chain approach. Bumaga has limited equipment itself for research but hires necessary research facilities dependent on the actual needs either at research institutes and or industrial laboratories to do our testing and research.

Key personnel

Dr. Arie Hooimeijer
Dr. Maja Stanek
Dr. Sanne Tiekstra
Mindaugas Bulota

NewGenPak project hosted by Bumaga

Optimisation and scale-up of cellulose fiber based packaging, focused on solid board with the integration of printed intelligence.

Minimising losses in production and management of packaging waste.