Nicole Whiteman


Nicole Whiteman 
Applications Development Engineer, NatureWorks


Food Serviceware: Product Developments to Zero Waste Models

Translation of Desired Improvements to Paper Cups into Extrusion Coating Polymer Design

Improving upon the ubiquitous paper cup has been a multi-decade journey undertaken by the entire supply chain --raw material producers to food serviceware providers. Many at ITR have contributed to the market presence and growth in share of biobased and compostable paper cups extrusion coated with an Ingeo based lining. This paper focuses on translating the market requirements for a better paper cup into the polymer design of the extrusion coating resin, with Ingeo 1102 as demonstration of an improved design for cups and bowls.

About Nicole Whiteman

Nicole Whiteman has been with NatureWorks for 20 years, and is an Applications Development Engineer supporting customers in food serviceware and rigid packaging markets. In 36 years working for either NatureWorks or Dow, Nicole has gained expertise in new product development and implementation, polymer structure/properties relationships, characterization, polymer processing, food contact regulations, and both rigid and flexible food packaging. Nicole has a B.S. in Chemistry from Muskingum University, and a M.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).


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