We are developing the next generation in packaging solutions. Our researchers are exploring ways to make food packaging smart enough to detect spoilage or give food cues to ripen to help extend shelf life. We’re working on ways to make pharmaceutical containers easier for aging patients to use and yet still safe and tamper-proof. And from food to medication to consumer products, we’re developing sustainable innovations to cut down on plastic waste.
Our work in this area is based on research pioneered in CLiPS, the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Layered Polymeric Systems led by Case Western Reserve Researchers. Our research themes address emerging priorities like:
- Safety and Security: damage mitigation, anti-counterfeiting and smart packaging
- Selective Molecular and Material Transport: gas and/or moisture barrier materials; and tailored permeability
- Surfaces and Interfaces: adaptable, programmable and responsive packaging; haptic interactions and damage resistance
- Sustainability: Renewable materials; light-weighting; novel processing methods; life cycle considerations; and design logic
Institutes, centers and labs related to Advanced Films and Packaging
Faculty who conduct research in Advanced Films and Packaging
Explores polymer material nanostructure to discover new phenomena and functionality
Develops processing-structure-property relationships in polymeric systems; creates micro- and nano-layered films; and produces biomimetic hierarchical structures of soft materials
Develops multi-scale, complex polymer-based materials, using both experimental and computational-based tools
Develops bio-based, flame-retarded plastics, polymer aerogels and packaging materials; and studies properties of polyesters
Develops advanced polymers for packaging, biomaterial applications and more.
Develops high-energy and high-performance polymers based on close relationships among structure, property and processing