Graduate student Amanda Paine won first place in a Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) poster competition recently held in Houston, Texas.
The competition was part of SPE’s 2015 International Polyolefins Conference. Paine’s winning poster, entitled “Oxygen Scavenging Polymers for Barrier Applications,” showcases her work in improving oxygen barrier properties in polymer packaging. Her research focuses on improving the shelf lives of foods and beverages by incorporating oxygen scavenging polymers into packaging materials.
Paine was also awarded an SPE scholarship at the conference. She is supervised by Professor Benny Freeman, the Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering, and Professor Donald Paul, the Ernest Cockrell Sr. Chair in Engineering.
Amanda is a member of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center including UT Austin and led by Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio.