Projects in workpackage 3

Fellow type & number
(ESR or ER)
Individual Research project (title) Host Institution
ER-3 (12 months) Minimising losses in production and management of packaging waste. Bumaga (Netherlands)
ESR-6 (36 months) Developing active packaging solutions through incorporation of organic/inorganic active components in renewable materials. Innovhub-SSi (Italy)
ESR-9 (36 months) Meeting packaging requirements for effective product and consumer protection by using the capabilities of multi-layer curtain coating technologies in packaging production. Papiertechnische Stiftung (Germany)
ESR-10 (36 months) Sustainability assessment of nanomaterials for packaging. ITENE (Spain)

Minimising losses in production and management of packaging waste. (Bumaga)

This ER will work in WP3. This research project will focus on work in production efficiency of various packaging. The work will be directed at research on the availability of alternative raw materials, recycling and other specific papermaking processes. Environmental, economical and societal issues will also be an important consideration. The ER will become proficient in product development and production, covering the whole production cycle and market implementation.

At the end of the project the ER will have developed skills in planning, organizing and executing projects, as well as overseeing teams. Cooperation with links further down the supply chain (suppliers of raw materials, converters, packagers, etc.) and also with universities and scientific research institutes is foreseen. The research project will be undertaken within the scope of our initiative Smart and Slim supply chains.

Meeting packaging requirements for effective product and consumer protection while minimising environmental impact  by using the capabilities of multi-layer curtain coating technologies in packaging production (Esther Escalano, PTS)

The ESR will specify the material properties required to meet the demands during life of the package; e.g. production, filling, shelf exposure, consumer usage and package recycling in cooperation with the NEWGENPAK partners and the producers of paper board. The technical focus will be on how close control of the multilayer curtain coating process, including layer composition and compatibility, curtain stability and drying parameters that ensure vapour transport and eradicate blistering, can be used to minimise energy costs and production losses, and improve the recyclability of the renewable and biodegradable barrier materials produced using this technology. Finally, theoretical and modelling approaches will be transferred to bench scale and pilot scale conditions and process applications. 

Sustainability assessment of nanomaterials for packaging (Hai Zhang, ITENE)

The ESR will develop new knowledge on the environmental, economic and social impact of nanomaterials actually used in packaging materials. Thus, a preliminary identification of current nanomaterials used and how they enhance package properties will be undertaken while also developing a thorough knowledge of sustainability assessment methods. Specific environmental data on the release of nanomaterials during processing at the pilot stage and beyond will be collected within the consortium. Particular attention will be focussed on how the overall sustainability assessment depends on the chosen assessment method and the final packaging application. Sensitivity analysis incorporating both current and potential scenarios will be undertaken, leading to a matrix linking nanomaterials for packaging applications with specific sustainability parameters/indicators which will identify actions for improvement.