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Event Overview


Meet the analytical challenges of handling PET in a world reliant on achieving ever-more sustainable plastics to safe-guard our shared environment. PET has an important role to play in that future. As the most common thermoplastic polymer resin, universally recognized as safe and non-toxic and with the highest recycling rate advances in PET to RPET will help shape the future of plastics used in packaging worldwide.

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Learning Objectives

  • Gain insight into PET market trends and analytical challenges.
  • Detect impurities/degradation products, in post-consumer PET recyclates, including benzene, acetaldehyde and limonene.
  • Determine important properties of PET materials such as filler content (as required by ISO 12418-1), crystallinity and general identification using TGA, IR and DSC.
  • Learn about the importance of Hyper DSC for accurate analysis of polymers with varying degrees of crystallinity.

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Meet your Speakers and Host


Gerlinde Wita
Global Market Leader for Materials & Energy - PerkinElmer

Gerlinde Wita is the global market leader for materials and energy markets at PerkinElmer based in Austria. She has been a chemical engineer and food technologist since 1989, and worked as a sales specialist professional in materials characterization for PerkinElmer across Europe.

Peter Hödl
CEO of Solutions 4 Science - S4Science

Peter holds a PhD in Applied Chemistry at the Vienna University of Technology and is familiar with all kinds of analytical solutions with a strong focus on applied analytics in multiple markets. He has worked closely with PerkinElmer Inc since 2001, launching Austrian-based S4Science in 2015 with a strong focus on applied markets, pharma, academia, and food.

Kieran Evans
Material Characterization Applications Scientist - PerkinElmer

Kieran Evans is a material characterization applications scientist at PerkinElmer in the UK, focused on materials, energy and petrochemicals. He is a specialist in infrared spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy and thermal techniques including TGA, DSC and hyphenation.

Elisabeth Skoda (Host)
Editor - Packaging Europe

Coming from a background of translation and online news editing, Elisabeth has been with Packaging Europe since 2006, and in this time has developed a broad understanding of the packaging industry and an appreciation of the numerous innovations and developments that have come up over the years. As editor of Packaging Europe’s new magazine Touchpoints, she has a keen interest in packaging functionality and the consumer experience.