Plastics Packaging, 4e (eBook)

Properties, Processing, Applications, and Regulations
ISBN: 9781569908235
Copyright: May 2021
PDF: PDF, 494 pages
$199.99 (US)


Basic Concepts and Definitions
Polymer Structure and Properties
Major Plastics in Packaging
Additives and Compounding
Adhesion, Adhesives, and Heat Sealing
Extrusion, Film and Sheet
Converting, Lamination and Coating
Flexible Packaging
Injection Molding, Closures, Rotational Molding, Compression Molding, and Tubes
Blow Molding and Bottles
Foams, Cushioning, and Distribution Packaging
Mass Transfer in Polymeric Packaging Systems: Sorption, Diffusion, Permeation, and Shelf Life
US Regulations and Plastics Packaging
Environmental Issues
Additional Reading


Plastic materials continue to play a vital and growing role in packaging applications. It is thus more important than ever that all involved in the packaging industry command a basic understanding of the properties of the common packaging plastics.

This highly regarded book provides just that to students and packaging professionals alike: material properties and how they relate to the chemical structure of the polymers, common processing methods for packaging applications, help with writing specifications, designing, fabricating, testing, and controlling the quality of the plastic material are covered comprehensively.

The fourth edition has major revisions in discussions of sustainability, recycling, and design for sustainability. Coverage of biodegradable and biobased plastics is also increased. Discussion of coatings is also expanded. Further updates and enhancements throughout ensure Plastics Packaging remains an indispensable resource for both the packaging expert and the novice.

Author Info:

Susan E.M. Selke

Susan E.M. Selke, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the Michigan State University School of Packaging, where she has conducted research for more than 30 years. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan State. Courses she teaches include plastics packaging, packaging materials, packaging and the environment, stability and recycling of packaging materials, and analytical solutions to packaging design. Her research interests include plastics recycling, biodegradable plastics, biobased plastics, composites of plastics with natural fibers, lifecycle assessment, nanotechnology and packaging, mass transfer characteristics of plastics, and other topics. She has authored or coauthored several books on packaging materials and on packaging and environmental issues, as well as over 150 articles and book chapters.

Culter, J.

John D. Culter, Ph.D., is President of Advanced Materials Engineering, Inc., and has worked in the plastics packaging industry since the early 1970s. He has developed and taught several courses in polymer packaging at Michigan State University and the Missouri University of Science and Technology, as well as in Brazil and Argentina, and online.

Rafael Auras

Rafael Auras, Ph.D., is Professor at the MSU School of Packaging. His research interests include sustainable packaging systems, life cycle assessment, carbon-neutral packaging, packaging waste scenarios, biodegradation and compostability.

Muhammad Rabnawaz

Muhammad Rabnawaz, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the MSU School of Packaging. His research interests include polymer synthesis from renewable feedstocks, design and preparation of smart materials, packaging sustainability, plastic recycling, and polmyer composites.