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Abdellah Ajji

Département de Génie chimique
École Polytechnique de Montréal

Chair Title

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Materials and films for safe, smart and sustainable (3S) packaging

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chairs Program


Associate Chairholder since 2009


Several changes in packaging technology and applications have been observed recently and are continuously evolving, particularly for food packaging. This is due to consumer and market requirements in terms of high quality, freshness and extended shelf-life of products, with easy-to-use and resistant packaging made with lighter, cheaper and recyclable materials. Additionally, public demand and awareness for food safety has become a significant concern, particularly following the consumption of contaminated meat and cheese products in Canada in summer 2008. The outbreak has prompted the public awareness to question food quality in stores.

Technological solutions that could prevent contamination and/or alert consumers may provide better public protection. It is the objective of this Chair program to address these concerns and develop materials and films for sustainable packages with functional properties for better safety and detection ability. More specifically, the research themes of this Chair program are:

  • the development of safe, performing and cost effective packages through better seals, barrier and active (antibacterial) properties;
  • the development of smart packages that will be able to give information on the state of the packaged food to the customer and its history through the incorporation of sensors in films; and
  • the development of sustainable packages with less material, recyclable and/or biodegradable.

Some specific applications for pouches and retort packages will be targeted.

The expected outcomes, results and innovations from this Chair program will benefit Canadian companies and consumers in terms of competitive edge and better safety. Finally, an excellence centre in packaging, with dedicated facilities and expertise, will be formed in the medium term and made available to the Canadian Packaging Industry.


  • Excel-Pac
  • Saputo Inc. Cheese Division (Canada)/Saputo Inc. Division des fromages

Contact Information

Département de Génie chimique
École Polytechnique de Montréal
CP 6079 Succ. Centre Vile
Montréal, Québec
H3C 3A7

Tel.: 514-340-4711, ext. 3703
Fax: 514-340-4159

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