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Professor Manjusri Misra was featured a one of the "first person stories" of the researchers that have been successfully awarded a Gryphon's LAAIR Funding Grant. In her featured video, she discusses the research funding awarded to her and Prof. Mohanty about "Biobased and novel compostable biocomposite tomato clips for greenhouse industry", "Agro-based carbonaceous biocomposites for lightweight automotive parts", and "Compostable thermoformed vegetable packaging from Ontario waste starch".This featured video was to introduce the successes of the funding program and to provide success stories before the 2020 Gryphon's LAAIR Pitch Competition. More information have be found HERE. Below is Prof. Misra's featured video.   ...

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The 24th Annual Project SOY Plus Competition has been expanded to include innovations using all plant and plant-based products. This competition provide University of Guelph (including Guelph-Humber) students ranging from graduate, undergraduate, and diploma the opportunity conduct independent research projects in order to develop a business plan for their plant-based biomaterial innovation.This year, both teams from the BDDC placed in the top 3 of the Graduate Student Category.Maisyn Picard, Kjeld Meereboer and Mateo Gonzalez de Gortari, Green Egg Paper won second place for a sustainable stone paper product (Advisors: Profs. Manjusri Misra, School of Engineering, and Amar Mohanty, Plant Agriculture) Tara Allohverdi and Mal Hedrick, AgriLife Bio won third place for a biochar soil amendment using agricultural wastes (Advisors: Profs. Misra, Mohanty and Istvan Rajcan, Plant Agriculture) More information about the event can be found HERE......

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On April 13th, 2020, Professor Amar Mohanty received the prestigious JL White Innovation Award from the Polymer Processing Society. This award honours Prof. Mohanty's outstanding researcher in academia and his successes in commercializing his research, in the area of polymer engineering and processing. The award is for an innovative development in the field of polymer processing technologies with recent commercial impact. It aims to recognize originality, innovation and creativity among researchers or inventors in the science and technology of processing polymers and polymeric products.This announcement can be found on page 3 of the Polymer Processing Society's April newsletter. Please click HERE to continue reading......

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Elsevier's new journal, Composites Part C: Open Access is now open for submission. Composites Part C: Open Access is a sister journal to Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Composites Part B: Engineering, and Composite Structures. This journal is now open for submissions. Click HERE to go to the submission website.Professor Amar Mohanty is the Editor-in-Chief of this journal which publishes high-quality, peer-refereed original research articles and reviews on a broad range of topics on composite materials. All research articles are freely available via the Internet upon publication to maximize the readership. Authors are welcome to submit your work to the most relevant topical section via its dedicated editorial channel:I. Sustainable Composites II. Multi-functional Composites III. Composite StructuresFor more information about Composites Part C: Open Access, please click HERE.    ...

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Congratulations to Professor Manju Misra, on March 31st, Prof. Misra was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Fellow is the AIChE's highest grade of membership, and is achieved only through election by the AIChE's Board of Directors.Prof. Misra will be awarded a pin, and plaque to commemorate this significant achievement......

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On March 26th, 2020, Professor Manjusri Misra previously published article, "Improving the Impact Strength and Heat Resistance of 3D Printed Models: Structure, Property, and Processing Correlationships during Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) of Poly(Lactic Acid)" was featured in ACS Omega's first ever Virtual Issue for "Women at the Forefront of Chemistry". This special collection of articles, handpicked and guest-edited by our Associate Editor, Professor Luisa Torsi, celebrates the contributions of 50+ leading women scientists at various stages of their career, selected from around the world, who have published high-quality articles in our journal as corresponding authors.For more information about this special virtual issue, please click HERE......

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On March 6, 2020, Professor Manjusri Misra and 25 other industry collaborators attended the Improve Life Challenge 2020: Hack the Farm in a Climate of Change event hosted by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the Ontario Agricultural College, and the Arrell Food Institute. The Improve Life Challenge is a one-day immersive experience where interdisciplinary student teams will work with community partners to tackle problems and come up with possible solutions. At the end of the day student teams will present their solution in a pitch-style competition. The theme for this year’s Improve Life Challenge was Hack the Farm in a Climate of Change, which focused on challenges facing the agriculture and food sector including aging demographics, advancements in technology, and pressure for sustainable practices.Several community partners took part in the event to team up with students and provide a problem statement based on real challenges facing their industry. Teams then worked with their community partner to investigate, collaborate, and develop unique solutions to address them.Community partners included:Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural AffairsBeef Farmers of OntarioMaple Lodge FarmsConestoga MeatsThe Co-operatorsHighline MushroomsHolland Marsh Growers’ AssociationOCP GroupWellington Brewery For more information regarding the event, please click HERE......

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On March 5, 2020, the BDDC and Professor Amar Mohanty was featured in a special CBC news article discussing bioplastics. The article highlights how plastics are an integral part of our lives, but they also pose some big environmental problems.They generate a lot of waste, most of which isn't recycled. A recent study from Environment and Climate Change Canada found that even in our country, only nine per cent of plastics are recycled — the rest is either incinerated, landfilled or ends up in the environment, where it can harm wildlife such as whales, turtles or seabirds. Those are some of the reasons the federal government plans to ban many single-use plastics by 2021. "Bio-based bioplastics typically generate fewer carbon emissions over their life cycle compared to traditional plastics. That's because growing plants suck in and store carbon, which is released later if the bioplastics are burned or decomposed. "You're not adding extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere," said Amar Mohanty, distinguished research chair in sustainable biomaterials at the University of Guelph, who has been developing and researching bioplastic and biobased materials for more than 30 years."To continue reading and find more information about bioplastics, please click HERE......

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Professor Amar Mohanty has been appointed as the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) Distinguished Research Chair in Sustainable Biomaterials effective February 1, 2020. Among professor Mohanty's many honours, he also received a 2018 Synergy Award for Innovation from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society in 2015. He is also editor-in-chief of Sustainable Composites, Composites Part C -Open Access; an ELSEVIER journal.For more information regarding his award, please click HERE.Photo of Dr. Amar Mohanty......

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