15th August 2001




Academics at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside have recruited an expert from industry to help carry out research on food packaging projects.


Richard Wiktorowicz, who works for the $6 billion American gas and chemical company Air Products, has been appointed as an industrial research fellow attached to the Faculty of Social and Life Sciences on the Lincoln campus.


Mr Wiktorowicz manages research and development projects in food and metal fabrication and modified atmosphere packaging at his base in Walton-on-Thames.


But his new role means that he will visit the university on a  regular basis to share his expertise with academics and postgraduate students in the Food Research Centre.


“I’ve been working with staff at ULH for five years and we are now enhancing the link-up to look at applications of gas mixtures in food packaging,” said Mr Wiktorowicz.


“Day-to-day I’ll still be working for Air Products but I’ll be on campus every month or six weeks to interact with the researchers and to work on joint publications.”


The relationship between Air Products and the university was first forged when the Food Research Centre was based in Grimsby. Now the link is being strengthened as the Department of Biological and Food Science grows at ULH.


“From our point of view we hope to extend the collaboration between ULH and Air Products and also build new links with other industries,” said Mr Wiktorowicz. “Meanwhile the university will benefit from our expertise in food safety. Hopefully it will be a two-way benefit, a win-win for both the university and Air Products.”


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