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Associate Professor, School of Packaging,

Michigan State University

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Rafael Auras is an Associate Professor with the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. Rafael leads a research group of undergraduate and graduate students interested in mass transfer in polymers, biodegradable and compostable polymers, life cycle assessment, packaging waste, and sustainable packaging systems. He has conducted research projects for Fortune 500 companies and government-sponsored research projects. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences regarding biodegradation and compostability of packaging systems, the environmental footprint assessment of packaging using life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, and the creation and design of sustainable packaging systems.


Mr. Auras has authored or coauthored more than 100 publications. Rafael graduated with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the National University of Misiones, Argentina, an MS in Materials Science and Technology from the National University of San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Ph.D. in packaging from Michigan State University. He lives in Okemos, Michigan with his wife and 2 sons.  

Contact Information

School of Packaging
Michigan State University
130 Packaging Building
448 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824-1223



Phone: (517) 432-3254  I  Email:




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