Former Research Group
May 2012-May 2013
Current position: Post doctoral fellow, WSU, Pullman, WA
Sumeet Dhawan *not pictured; (August 2008-present); Thesis topic: Polymeric-based multilayer food packaging films for pressure assisted microwave sterlization and microwave assisted thermal sterilization.; Current Position: Associate Specialist, Science & Technology Group, Nestle S. A., Cleveland/Akron, Ohio
Advanced thermal food processing technologies like microwave assisted thermal sterilization and pressure assisted thermal sterilization require food to be packaged during processing. These processes influence the morphology, thermal, and mass transfer properties of polymeric films used for food packaging and hence deteriorate the shelf-life of food. My research focuses on developing high performance polymeric based metalized and nanocoated multilayer films for advanced thermal food processing technologies and studying their performance after processing and during long-term storage. The other aspect of my research includes the understanding of the food-package interaction and the migration of additives from packaging films to food during the thermal processes. This work is partly funded by the food security USDA special research grant entitled “Developing innovative packaging for advanced processing technologies to insure the integrity and safety of processed foods”.
Roopesh M. Syamaladevi (Ph.D. April 2012); Thesis Topic: Physicochemical stability of selected frozen and dehydrated foods: In relation to state/phase transitions; Current position: Post doctoral fellow, WSU, Pullman, WA
Sunil Kumar (M.S. January 2012); Thesis topic: Thermal degradation kinetics of anthocyanins in red raspberry (Rubus idaeus); Current position: WSU Creamery, Pullman, WA
Luis Bastarrachea (M.S. April 2010); Thesis: Biodegradable poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) film incorporated with nisin: characterization, effectiveness against Listeria Innocua, and nisin release kinetics; Current position: Ph.D. Student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA