Sc.D. Materials Engineering
Mat.E. Materials Engineering
B.S. Materials Engineering
Package Design and Development (current)
Packaging Career Preparation (current)
Applications of Polymers in Packaging
Converting for Flexible Packaging
Flexible Packaging (graduate level)
Semi-rigid Packaging (graduate level)
More than fifty yearsâ€™ experience working with polymers and more than forty yearsâ€™ experience with packaging
Thirty+ years industry experience and fifteen+ years university experience researching, developing, marketing and teaching films, fibers, polymers, structure, properties and processing of plastics, laminations, plastic container technologies, and plastic, paper and corrugated packaging, including design, materials selection and manufacturing for a wide variety of end uses.
Retained as an expert witness in more than 50 cases, of which 70% were IP litigation (district courts and IPRs).
Holder of six U.S. and 4 international patents.
Current research focuses on environmental impact of packaging, paperboard packaging and packaging of aggressive, volatile chemicals. Prior research in multi-layer and blended polymer films and pouches, liquid crystal polymers, polyester films and bottles, polyacrylonitrile and cellulosic fibers and graphite fibers.
Extension and Outreach
Director, Clemson University Center for Flexible Packaging (an industry-university consortium providing a broad range of materials and package preparation and testing services to the flexible packaging industry)
R.M. Kimmel, Kay D. Cooksey and A. Littman, â€œLife Cycle Assessment of Grocery Bags in Common Use in the United Statesâ€ (2014) Clemson, SC:. Clemson University Press. 192 pgs.
K. W. Kim, B.J. Min, Y.T. Kim, R. M. Kimmel, K. Cooksey, S.I. Park â€œAntimicrobial activity against foodborne pathogens of chitosan biopolymer films of different molecular weightsâ€œ,LWT-Food Sci. Tech 44 565-569 (2011)
H. J. Bae, H. J. Park, D. O. Darby, R. M. Kimmel and W. S. Whiteside â€œDevelopment and characterization of pet/fish gelatin-nanoclay composite/LDPE laminate: gelatin-nanoclay film as a functional barrier layerâ€ Pkg. Tech. Sci., 22, 371-383 (2009)
H. J. Bae, Park, H. J., Hong, S. I., Byun, Y. J., Darby, D. O., Kimmel, R. M., Whiteside, W. S.. â€œEffect of clay content, homogenization rpm, ph, and ultrasonification on mechanical and barrier properties of fish gelatin/montmorillonite nanocomposite films" LWT -- Food Science and Technology. 42, 1179â€“1186.(2009)
H. J. Bae, D. O. Darby, R.. M. Kimmel, H. J. Park, W. S. Whiteside, "Effects of transglutaminase induced crosslinking on properties of fish gelatin-nano clay composite film", J. Food Chem., 114 180-189 (2009)
R.A. Hurley, R. M. Kimmel, D. D. Darby, K. Cooksey, L. Bix "Design and Build of an accelerometer to determine package orientation over time" NIPHLE Annual Conference: Norfolk, VA (2008)
Y. T. Kim, K. W. Kim, J. H. Han, R. M. Kimmel Chapter 6: â€œAntimicrobial Packaging for Foodâ€ in J. Kerry and P. Butler (eds.) Smart Packaging Technologies for Fast Moving Consumer Goods Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons (2008)
LinksLife Cycle Assessment of Grocery Bags in Common Use in the United States (eBook)
Rubin/Anders Scientific (expert witnesses)