This contribution introduces the combined application of Raman microscopy and band-target entropy minimization (BTEM) in order to successfully reverse-engineer a multi-layer packaging material. Three layers are identified, namely, polyethylene, a paper and talc layer (with two distinct cellulose forms), and a poly-styrene co-polymer composite containing anatase and calcite. This rapid and non-destructive approach provides a unique opportunity for the assessment of multi-layer composites, including the constitution of the additives present.

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(11)70061-X