Seminar: Bio-based Barrier Packaging Materials

Increasing awareness of sustainable resource management requires new sources for packaging materials. There are already different solutions of biopolymer materials available and used in packaging applications. But what are the capabilities and limitations of biopolymer based materials? Can I use biopolymers for my packaging application and which performs best? Are biopolymers really ecologically valuable?
This seminar will provide answers to these and more questions around biopolymers. It is targeted to people working in materials development, packaging design and packaging companies as well as equipment manufacturers. The seminar introduces in the world of biopolymers of packaging - their production, characteristics and application range.



9:00 - 12:00 

What are Biopolymers? – Overview 
• Classification of Biopolymers, raw materials and production
• Chemical structure and production of Biopolymers
• End-of-Life Options and Lifecycle Aspects (e.g. Bio-based vs. Biodegradable Materials)

Biopolymers in Food Packaging Applications I
• Biopolymers and their Technofunctional Properties
• Requirements of Foods and suitable Biopolymers for Food Packaging Applications
• Application Range for Biopolymers


12:00 - 13:30 



13:30 - 18:00 

Biopolymers in Food Packaging Applications II - Examples & Case Studies 
• Flexible Film Applications (e.g. Petrochemical Multilayer Film vs. Metallized Cellophane …)
• Semi-Rigid Applications (e.g. A-PET Tray vs. PLA Tray for MAP applications)
• Biopolymer Coating (e.g. Biopolymer-based Barrier Coatings in Film and Paper Applications)

Recent Research Activities for Future Biopolymer Applications in Packaging
• Biopolymers for high, medium and low Barrier Applications
• Biopolymer based films and coatings
• Processing and Specific Properties
• Potential Applications of Current Developments
• Future Prospects and Developments






Markus Schmid holds a Diploma in Food Technology and a Masters in Food Processing from the University of Applied Sciences Fulda. Since working at the Fraunhofer Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung (IVV) he has specialized in the field of materials for food packaging and bio-based materials. In addition he is head of “Food Innovations” an engineering office providing consulting services for the food processing and food packaging sector.


Verena Jost studied Food Science at the Technical University of Munich. She performed her diploma thesis in the area of polymer science. Since 2008 she is working at the Fraunhofer IVV in the Department of Materials Development, first in the field of material testing, then as scientist within the research area of ’sustainable packaging materials for food’. Verena Jost is involved in project work as well as preparing new project proposals.







October 19th 2016



IPI International Packaging Institue, Schaffhausen






680.- CHF incl. VAT, lunch and electronic


IPI International
Packaging Institute
Neustadt 51
CH-8200 Schaffhausen
Tel. +41 52 675 51 51
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