Faculty & Staff Profiles

Ajay Kathuria

Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Engineering and Technology

Office: 228C Jarvis Hall- Tech Wing
Phone: 715/232-5500
Email: kathuriaa@uwstout.edu


Ph.D., Packaging Science, Michigan State University, 2013

M.S., Packaging Science, Michigan State University, 2007

B.Tech., Printing Technology, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, India, 2002


Research Interests

  •  Biodegradable and compostable polymers. Polylactide (PLA), poly(hydroxy alkanoate) and poly(alkylene dicarboxylate). Properties and applications in packaging industry.
  • Mixed matrix membranes (MMMs). Surface characterization, synthesis of high surface area materials, adsorption studies and fabrication of polymer and porous materials based MMMs. Permselectivity and development of MMMs for packaging applications.
  • Thermal, mechanical and barrier properties of the micro and nanocomposites. Effect of filler on the rheological properties of the polymeric materials and processing.  

Courses Taught

PKG 150 - Packaging Fundamentals

PKG 335 - Packaging Machinery

PKG 495 - Packaging Seminar

Work Experience

Assistant Professor, UW-Stout, 2013-Present

Research Assistant, School of Packaging, Michigan State University, MI, 2009-2013

Manager-Field Engineering, ITW India Ltd. (ITW-Signode), 2008-2009

Technical service and Packaging Engineer, Northern Technologies International Coorporation (NTIC), Circle Pines, MN, 2007-2008

Research Assistant, School of Packaging, Michigan State University, MI, 2005-2006

Technical Executive, Proteck Machinery Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India 2002-2004

Recent Publications

Kathuria A, Abiad MG, Auras R. Toughening of Poly(L-lactic acid) with Cu3(BTC)2 metal organic framework crystals. Polymer 2013; 54: 6979-6986. 

Kathuria A, Abiad MG, Auras R. Deterioration of metal organic framework crystal structure during the fabrication of poly(L-lactic acid) mixed matrix membranes. Polymer International 2013; 62: 1144-51. 


Chapters in Book

Dethyothin S, Kathuria A, Waree J, Selke S, Auras R. 2010. "Poly(lactic acid) blends in Poly(lactic acid): Structure, Production, Synthesis and Application Edited by Auras R, Lim LT, Selke S and Tsuji H. New York, NY. John Wiley & Sons.



Kathuria A and Mohanty AK. Biodegradable nanocomposites from poly(alkylene dicarboxylate) and organo-clay. The 15th IAPRI world conference on packaging, Tokyo, Japan, October 2006.

Kathuria A and Mohanty AK. Biodegradable nanocomposites from poly(butylene succinate and organo-clay. Proceedings of the American Society for Composites, Ann Arbor, MI 2006.


Professional Memberships and Activity

Member Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)

Member Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE)



Attended workshop on Packaging Machinery organized by Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) October 2013.

Attended one week summer school on "sustainability and technology" funded by American Chemical Society (2006).