Creating new generation of highly skilled workforce, reducing plastic waste, and developing end-of-life solutions for waste plastics.

Plastic Recycling Multi-Functional Coatings Outreach - "Plastic Waste"

MSU School of Packaging researchers are exploring high-barrier biodegradable paper as an alternative to plastic

The MSU School of Packaging was awarded a two-year, $450,000 National Science Foundation grant to design a high-barrier biodegradable paper (HB2P) as an alternative to plastics. Read more...



Inside the DOE's $1.7 million investment into sustainable plastic research at MSU

“Many people do not know that 30% of the plastic that is produced today, it goes into the multilayer packaging,” Rabnawaz said. “The problem is … even if you collect them, you cannot recycle them.” Read more...

<p>A vending machine filled with multi-layer plastic packaging, such as this chip bag, at the Communications Arts and Sciences Building on MSU&#x27;s campus on Feb. 22, 2022.</p>

The quest to recycle the unrecyclable

Thirty percent of plastic ends up in products that can’t be recycled even if collected. DOE is investing in Spartan research to help fix that. Read more...

Recycling the unrecyclable: Researcher on quest to solve the plastics problem

Muhammad Rabnawaz: Confronting the plastics problem

Did you know that the United States recycles less than 10% of its plastic waste? The remainder is sent to landfills. Keeping plastic waste out of landfills and water systems is a complicated problem that MSU’s Muhammad Rabnawaz is working to simplify. Read more

Recycling matters: Confronting the plastics problem

2021 Innovator of the Year Award: Muhammad Rabnawaz

“The credit for our innovations primarily goes to my research team who put the ideas to work and the collegiality and supportive leadership at the School of Packaging and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.”



Our article features as the cover image for Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Volume 139, Issue 7:

This cover image, designed by Syeda Shamila Hamdani, Zhao Li, Ping Ruoqi, Emily Rollend, Muhammad Rabnawaz, depicts the utilization of a bilayer coating approach using poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) and zein to enhance the water vapor and oxygen barrier properties of paper materials. Paper can offer viable alternatives to plastics in many packaging applications if its barrier properties are improved. Due to the current plastic waste crisis, we must reduce our plastic use. DOI: 10.1002/app.51707

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