Rafael Auras, PhD
Rafael Auras is a Professor with the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. Rafael leads a research group of undergraduate and graduate students interested in mass transfer in polymers, biodegradable and compostable polymers, life cycle assessment, packaging waste, and sustainable packaging systems. He has conducted research projects for Fortune 500 companies and government sponsored research projects. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences regarding biodegradation and compostability of packaging systems, the environmental footprint assessment of packaging using life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, and the creation and design of sustainable packaging systems. He has authored or coauthored more than 150 publications. Rafael graduated with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the National University of Misiones, Argentina, an MS in Materials Science and Technology from the National University of San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a PhD in packaging from Michigan State University. He lives in Okemos, Michigan with his wife and 2 sons.
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PKG 470. Packaging Sustainability
Course Description: This course provides an understanding of the effects of packaging on the environment, solid waste and pollution issues. Introduction to life cycle assessment (LCA) and determination of environmental footprint indicators using streamlined LCA.
PKG 825. Polymeric Packaging Materials
Course Description: Physical, mechanical and chemical properties of packaging polymers and multilayer structures; relationship between properties and performance of packaging materials and systems; processing of packaging plastics.
PKG 880. Life Cycle Assessment: Background, Principles, Calculations and Applications
Course Description: Determination of the environmental footprint of products and systems during their entire life-cycle using life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology; introduction to the theory and application of LCA.