Empa - the place where innovation starts
Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society
Together with our team of experienced scientists and industry partners, you will develop the next generation of sustainable cellulose-based food packaging materials. This project bridges our activities in the fields of cellulose-based materials and composites, nanocellulose production techniques, and practical application testing. Combining fundamental and applied science, the goal is to develop functional and practical food-packaging solutions, which may be implemented as commercial products. We envision that along with the potential development of a commercial product, the generated knowledge will lead to new sustainable materials with applications throughout the speciality coatings and packaging sectors.Your challengesAdvance the field of sustainable food packaging materials with the potential for commercialization.Develop and optimize cellulose treatment/processing methods for the production of nanocellulose from a range of starting materials.Research additives with antimicrobial, antioxidant, or other properties of interest for advanced formulation development.Characterize and validate developed formulations as food-packaging materials.Perform feasibility analysis for formulation development and practical application at scale.Publish results in the form of patents or scientific journal articles, present results at international conferences, participate in public media releases.