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  • verschiedene Papierverpackungen
    © iStock.com / Nikita Burdenkov

    As part of the recently launched “CoatNanoCell” project, we are developing barrier coatings made of nanocellulose for fiber-based packaging composites. These packaging composites are 100 percent recyclable and can therefore be classified as a monomaterial. The aim is for the new nanocellulose coating to replace conventional plastic coatings in paper composites. To do so, it must provide a sufficiently strong barrier against oxygenas well as good protection against mineral oils and grease. To ensure that the coatings can also be applied on a large scale, we are developing a roll-to-roll application process.

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  • Oak tree and oak leaves
    © iStock.com / frantic00

    As part of the “BioBarrier4Fiber” project launched in 2023, we are developing a novel coating concept for fiber-based food packaging. The end result will be a water vapor barrier that can be processed flexibly and that also has good sealability. Existing bio-based coatings are unable to combine these properties. The multifunctional coating system will be produced from different suberin fatty acids extracted from the cork of oak and beech trees.

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  • Food quality control by means of sensors and CG systems

    Scientists in the recently launched SENT-GC-MOS research project are working on a system development tool that will enable gas chromatography to be tailored to specific applications based on simulation models, allowing for easy monitoring of food quality. To show how quickly and efficiently a GC demonstrator can be developed using this tool, researchers are using a practical example of a portable GC analysis system for detecting fatty acid oxidization products and mold contamination.

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  • Would you like to find out how to sort plastic packaging in order to make it part of the circular economy? Then join our webinar “Innovative sorting for plastic packaging waste: Tracer-Based-Sorting and digital watermarking, in conjunction with NIR sorters" on 29 June from 13h30 to 15h30 (CET)!

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  • Sustainable innovations in pet food

    News / May 31, 2023

    Heimtiernahrung wird auf Laborwaage untersucht
    © iStock.com / microgen

    The pet food market is increasingly focusing on the use of new raw materials, sustainable packaging and alternative meat products. We develop and validate sustainable packaging concepts, support manufacturers in product development, and perform quality assessments and shelf life projections.

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