Fundamental physics of starch barrier films for extended shelf life

Recruiting now!

Applicants with skills/experience in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, barrier modelling and/or material processing are encouraged to apply

Academic Lead: Professor Peter Halley

School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland

Industry Lead: Nick McCaffrey

Plantic Technologies Pty Ltd. 

A significant advantage of starch-based films and thermoformed packaging is their oxygen barrier properties.

This project will look at understanding the underlying physics of starch barrier films in terms of interactions with water and the transport of oxygen and water vapour.

This project is developed in partnership with Plantic Technologies, with the view to support co-design of the next generation of packaging materials.

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Barrier modelling workflow