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Swinburne University of Technology
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Swinburne University is committed to high quality research and research training that is relevant to national goals, and is of social, commercial and cultural value to the community.

Swinburne has a strong reputation in Australia and overseas as a provider of career orientated education and as a university with a commitment to research. The University maintains a strong technology base and important links with industry, complemented by a number of innovative specialist research centres which attract a great deal of international interest.

Swinburne University of Technology has a number of activities in the packaging area due largely to the University's long term association with Visy Industries. The University is also involved in the Cooperative Research Centre for International Food Manufacture and Packaging Science. This CRC is based on the Hawthorn campus.

Major packaging projects include the production of biodegradable plastics for use in packaging using polymers predominantly made from wheat starch. The Centre for Applied Colloid and BioColloid Science has the only facility in the Southern Hemisphere for testing these materials to the EU and US Biodegradability Standards.

The Industrial Research Institute Swinburne (IRIS) is a Research Institute that is actively engaged in applied collaborative R&D with industrial partners. Current research projects associated with packaging include the development of new 'smart' plastic packaging films that alter their characteristics under different ambient conditions, developing measurement technologies that test the integrity of packaging especially in relation to perishable products, and new microwave techniques to improve the characteristics of packaging materials.


Industrial Research Institute Swinburne
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Non-contact inspection of hermetically sealed food products
Chief Researchers: Nagarajah Assoc Prof R, Jolic Dr K, Iovenitti Dr P
Sponsor: Chubpak Australia Pty Ltd
Current Status: Completed
Descriptors: INSPECTION
Research Field Classification:
290308 Packaging, Storage and Transportation

Chief Researcher: Harvey Assoc Prof E.
Sponsor: AMCOR Flexibles
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 290603 Membrane and Separation Technologies


School of Engineering and Science
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Biodegradable packaging, pulp and paper processing
Chief Researchers: Lonergan Dr G, Sanciolo Dr P, Jayasekara R
Sponsors: Visy Industries; Goodman Fielder
Duration: 1995 - 2002
Research Fields Classification:
290100 Industrial Biotechnology and Food Sciences
299900 Other Engineering and Technology


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