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Migration from polymer-clay nanocomposite systems: method development, validation and modeling

  • Yining Xia, Maria Rubino* and Rafael Auras*. “Detection and Quantification of Montmorillonite Nanoclay in Water-Ethanol Solutions by Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry” Food Additives & Contaminants 2013, 31, 2177-2183. Link
  • Yining Xia, Maria Rubino* and Rafael Auras. “Release of Nanoclay and Surfactant from Polymer-Clay Nanocomposites into a Food Simulant” Environmental Science & Technology 2014, 48 (23), pp 13617–13624. Link
  • Yining Xia, Maria Rubino* and Rafael Auras. “LC-MS/MS Assay for the Determination of Surfactants Released from Organo-Modified Montmorillonite Nanoclay into Solvents” Applied Clay Science 2014, accepted with major revision    


  • Whitepaper submission on “Intelligent-Active-Packaging Materials: Functional Packaging through Implementation of Nanotechnology” in 2014 NSF Food Safety for the workshop on October 29-30th in Alexandria, VA
  • Keynote Speaker in “Food Nanotechnology - Nano-Enabled Food Processing and Packaging” on the topic “Detection, quantification and release profile of engineered nanoparticles from polymer-clay nanocomposites in solid-liquid interfaces” in IUFoST 17th World Congress Food Science and Technology & Expo August 17-21, 2014 Montreal Canada.
  • Oral presentation in Agricultural and Food Chemistry in “Detection and quantification and characterization of montmorillonite nanoclay in water-ethanol solutions” Yining (Eric) Xiafor ACS -  247th ACS National Meeting and Exposition March 16-20, 2014, Dallas, Texas
  • Poster presentation on “Release assessment of organo-modified montmorillonite nanoclay and surfactant from polypropylene and polyamide 6 nanocomposites into the food simulant” Yining (Eric) Xia. Agricultural and Food Chemistry in Applied Nanotechnology for Food and Agriculture, ACS -  247th ACS National Meeting and Exposition March 16-20, 2014, Dallas, Texas
  • Invited Speaker for the topic of “Labeling, detection, and quantification of engineered nanoparticles in solid, liquid, and solid-liquid interphases” Maria Rubino, Rafael Auras, Yining Xia, Carlos Diaz, Joseph Hotchikss, Krishnamurthy Jayaraman in “Safety of Nanomaterials Used in Food and Food Packaging Safety of Nanomaterials Used in Food and Food Packaging”. ACS -  245th ACS National Meeting and Exposition April 7-11, 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana

Comparison of LCA Methods and Databases for Evaluation of Packaging Alternatives

  • Speck, Ricky, Susan Selke, Rafael Auras, and James Fitzsimmons. “Life Cycle Assessment Software: Selection Can Impact Results.” Journal of Industrial Ecology (2015)
  • Speck, Ricky, Susan Selke, Rafael Auras, and James Fitzsimmons. “Choice of Life Cycle Assessment Software Can Impact Packaging System Decisions.”Packaging Technology and Science (2015)

LCA studies for bio-based plastics: Closing critical data gaps and agreeing on representative generic datasets

  • Alix Grabowski, Susan E. M. Selke , Rafael Auras, Martin K. Patel, Ramani Narayan “Life Cycle Inventory Data Quality Issues for Bioplastics Feedstocks” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, (2015), Volume 20 (5) , pp 584-596

Unsaleables are Unsustainable

  • Speaker:  Diana Twede “Unsaleables Are Unsustainable: Developing an Appetite for Reducing Unsaleables”; annual Supply Chain Conference hosted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI); February 16, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

Creating a Communication Plan to Promote Consumer Awareness of the Value of Packaging

For an overview of the results please refer to this Prezi presentation:

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