Marina Solis, an RIT Honors College of Applied Science and Technology student, attended the 28th IAPRI Packaging Research Symposium which was held in May, 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Olympic Museum on Lake Geneva. The event theme was "unlocking the full potential of packaging across the value-chain" and consisted of working groups, oral and poster presentations, and several keynote speakers.
Marina presented her research in a poster format. She prepared a poster with Dr. Carlos Diaz entitled "Heat Seal Strength of Polylactic Acid/Polyhydroxylalkanoate Blends". This work investigated improving the sealing properties of the polylactic acid (PLA) by adding another polymer, polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), in small amounts. Both PLA and PHA are bio-derived and biodegradable polymers and improving the properties of PLA/PHA films could lead to more sustainable flexible packaging solutions and less solid waste.
Marina states that, “Overall, attending this symposium was an amazing experience and made me incredibly proud to represent RIT and the packaging science department. I plan to continue my research and hope I will be able to attend future IAPRI events. I'm so thankful to be a tiger!”
Marina Solis (CAST), far right, with conference participants.