I. Ilhan PhD (Ilknur)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am working on sustainable packagign with the focus of preventing seal integrity issues that occur during sealing and closing of food packaging and cause food waste.

After my bachelor's degree in Food Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, my interest in food loss and waste prevention drove me to work on novel food packaging solutions in my master's. I synthesized shape memory polyurethane films for dynamic packaging applications that can reduce postharvest losses in modified atmosphere-packaged fresh fruits and vegetables. Since the success of modified atmosphere applications depends on seal quality, in my Ph.D. research at the University of Twente, I focused on understanding the reasons behind seal integrity issuesoccur during the heat sealing of flexible packaging and impact quality of food products negatively through their shelf life.

Research areas:

  • Seal integrity in flexible films
  • Dynamic modified atmosphere packaging
  • Extending the shelf life of fresh produce


Engineering & Materials Science
Low Density Polyethylenes
Packaging Process


Ilhan, I. (2023). Understanding Seal Integrity: Sealing and Closing of Flexible Packaging (1 ed.). [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036555814
Ilhan, I., Kaya, M., Turan, D., Gunes, G., Guner, F. S., & Kılıç, A. (2021). Thermoresponsive polyurethane films for packaging applications: Effects of film formulation on their properties. Food Packaging and Shelf Life, 29, Article 100695. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fpsl.2021.100695

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20)
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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