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Prof. Amar Mohanty will be named as Fellow of the Royal Society. He will be among 87 new RSC Fellows and 50 new College members from across Canada inducted this fall in Ottawa. RSC Fellows are researchers who have made remarkable contributions to their fields. Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists are recognized as emerging intellectuals who have demonstrated a high level of achievement.This year’s new Fellows in the Academies of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Science will be celebrated along with new members of the RSC College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists on Nov. 27.Amar Mohanty, Department of Plant Agriculture, cross-appointed to School of EngineeringGenerating sustainable bio-based materials while reducing the environmental impact of plastics has driven research and innovation by Prof. Amar Mohanty. A pioneer in advanced biomaterials science and engineering, he is director of U of G’s Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC), is an OAC Distinguished Research Chair in Sustainable Biomaterials and Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Composites of Composites Part C- Open Access.Bio-composites made in the BDDC from renewable sources, particularly materials from industrial waste streams, have been substituted for conventional plastics in many commercial applications, from compostable coffee pods to “green” automotive parts. U of G News: https://news.uoguelph.ca/2020/09/four-u-of-g-professors-named-members-of-royal-society-of-canada///...

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PDF Version of the Postdoc Ad downloadable HERE.POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITIONS AVAILABLELocation:University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, CanadaExpected Start Date:January 2021Deadline to Apply: July 31, 2020 (Applications will be reviewed upon receipt of complete application package)Degree Requirements:   PhD degree obtained in January 2017 or later in the field of Engineering and Science (polymer engineering, chemistry, materials) or a related disciplineSpecific Requirements:1) Must have extensive experience in polymer processing through melt extrusion and the characterization of their properties;2) Knowledge and a strong publication record in polymer science and engineering, polymer chemistry and synthesis, and melt processed bioplastics and composites is required; and3) Knowledge in biobased materials such as biopolymers, polymer blends, natural fibres, and biocomposites are required.Contract Duration:One year, with possible extension for an additional yearSalary:CAD $42,000 - $45,000 per annum plus benefitsWe thank all applicants who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Postdoctoral OpportunitiesMulti-Layer Polymer Films & Packaging via Melt Processing with Property Analysis for Biopolymer Blends, and Biocomposites (Cast, Blown, and Melt Extrusion) (Email Heading: Films & Packaging)The focus for this position is to create formulations of biopolymer blends, biocomposites, hybrid composites, and nanobiocomposites for multi-layer films and packaging via MELT processing (Cast, Blown, and Melt Extrusion) for high barrier properties. The selected candidates will work on formulating materials via melt processing and reactive extrusion techniques for multi-layer films and packaging, where they will study the processing, barrier properties, and structure-property relationship. Candidate must have experience with cast and blown film processing and their characterization. Polymer Blends and Composites (Biobased Materials, Biobased Composites, Reactive Extrusion, Injection Moulding and Compression Moulding)(Email Heading: Blends & Composites)The focus for this position is to develop formulations of biopolymer blends, biocomposites, hybrid composites, and nanobiocomposites. The selected candidate will work on melt processing and reactive extrusion techniques, where they will study the processing, structure and property relationship. The formulated materials will be studied for their processing, structure and property relationships.Pyrolysis of Various Biomass and their Characterization for Hybrid Biocomposite Applications (Email Heading: Biocarbon Composites)The focus for this position is to fabricate biocarbon from various biomass sources through a pyrolysis process. After the fabrication, characterization, and analysis of the fabricated biocarbon, it will be used to create various polymer-based biocomposite formulations. Biocomposite formulations will be fabricated through melt processing including extrusion techniques, injection moulding and/or compression moulding. The formulated materials will be studied for their processing, structure and property relationships. Candidates should have hands-on experience with pyrolysis equipment.Hybrid Nano-biocomposites(Email Heading: Hybrid Nano-bio) The focus of this position is in engineering novel nano-biocomposites from pyrolyzed biocarbon, nano/micro-particles and synthetic fibres, etc. Candidate must have experience in relevant area. **Candidates MUST have a STRONG BACKGROUND in Polymer Science and Engineering**  How to ApplyApplication to the BDDC Selection CommitteeYour application package must contain the following documents and labelled accordingly:COVER LETTER(File Name: Last Name_Cover Letter_Date)Outline qualifications for the specific position applied (i.e. Postdoc)Indicate earliest date of availability, if selected TWO-PAGE SUMMARY(File  Name: Last Name_Summary_Date)Outline your interest and motivation to work in the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC). Include how your educational and work background will help you to succeed on the topics researched at BDDC (information can be found on the website https://bioproductscentre.com/ ). How do you plan to learn about the aspects of the BDDC research you don't know. CV (CURRICULUM VITAE) [Organized Reverse Chronologically – Most Recent to Oldest] (File Name: Last Name_CV_Date):Education & Work Experience - Include high school information (Include: start and end date - MONTH and YEAR)Thesis title of your degree(s) (if applicable)Name of adviser for your degree(s) (if applicable)Percent average or GPA (if including GPA please provide what it is out of i.e. 4.36/5.0)Summary of time off taken between degrees starting from high schoolList of courses during your education most relevant to this position and grades obtained for each courseEnglish Language Proficiency results and sub-category breakdown (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) Include date or expected date of Exam (Exams must have been taken within the last 2 years)List of your publications organized by degree If you are NOT the First Author indicate your contributionsIf you have any submitted manuscripts, please include your email confirmation from the journal) List of your conference presentationsContact information for three referencesYOUR SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION(S) (File Name: Last Name_Publication#_Date) *Please provide each publication as a separate file in PDF formatPublication Number(s) should correspond with the list number in your CV Initial review of applications will begin as soon as possible and continue until the positions are filled. Please send your application package with the above documents to bddcjobs@uoguelph.ca:Email Subject Line: Postdoctoral Fellow Position at BDDC + Indicate position above (1, 2, 3, 4)**Separate applications are required if applying to multiple positions** Research component of the Postdoctoral Fellow position will be conducted within the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC), University of Guelph. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with senior scientists from different areas (materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer chemistry, packaging and plant agriculture) and will have the chance to work collaboratively with industrial partners.At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. Supervised by:Professor Amar Mohantywww.bioproductscentre.com/aboutbddc/directorProfessor Manjusri Misrawww.uoguelph.ca/engineering/people/manjusri-misra-phd We thank all applicants who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted......

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On July 6th, 2020, the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC) researchers previously published article, "Biobased Poly(ethylene terephthalate)/Poly(lactic acid) Blends Tailored with Epoxide Compatibilizers" was featured in ACS Omega's special Virtual Issue "Celebrating 5 Years of Open Access with ACS Omega".In this Virtual Issue, the team of Editors at ACS Omega highlight 50 outstanding articles to demonstrate the quality of work published over this period. These articles are divided into five categories: highly cited; highly read; articles that have received considerable media attention; articles from some of our most prolific and prominent authors; and articles published by our own eminent Editorial Board that represent the diversity of topic and geography of the journal.For more information about this special virtual issue, please click HERE......

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From June 29 - July 2, 2020, Professors Amar Mohanty and Manjusri Misra attended the virtual Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2020 hosted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.Dr. Mohanty presented his research titled "Circular Economy Driven Biocomposites- A Renewal for Innovation in Sustainable Packaging".Dr. Misra presented her research titled "Can Biodegradable Plastics Alleviate Single-Use Plastic Waste? Challenges and Opportunities in the Sustainable Packaging Sector".The 2020 Sustainable Packaging Symposium brings together experts from industry and academia worldwide to address challenges and discoveries to focus on how to move the world to a point where packaging is sourced responsibly, designed to be effective & safe throughout its life cycle, is recycled or reused, and has a minimal impact on the environment, ecology, and health of the public. The symposium will also focus on novel products and innovation in the packaging industry, and the development of a circular economy for packaging waste.For more information on this event, please click HERE......

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CEPS Undergraduate Supervision Award"Awarded to the faculty member who best exemplifies excellence in undergraduate supervision, Prof. Manjusri Misra, School of Engineering, receives the CEPS Undergraduate Supervision Award. Misra maximizes her students’ potential in both educational and applied settings, having supervised more than 50 undergraduate students in the last 10 years at U of G, many of whom have received national and international recognition in connection to Misra’s mentorship. She provides students with opportunities to enhance their experiences in academia, with 25 students as primary authors and 14 as co-authors on peer-reviewed manuscripts in high-impact journals. Many of Misra’s undergraduate students have pursued graduate studies. Misra consistently demonstrates her “enthusiasm, encouragement, and belief in the potential of every student,” and leaves a lasting impression on those she mentors."Click HERE for original post on the University of Guelph website.https://www.uoguelph.ca/ceps/news/2020/06/2020-ceps-awardsss...

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On June 3rd, 2020, Professor Amar Mohanty was invited to present his research at the virtual 2020 Fibrenamics International Workshop hosted by the University of Minho in Portugal. Dr. Mohanty was invited to present his talk titled "Circular Economy Driven Sustainable Materials: Future is now in Mitigating Climate Change".The Fibrenamics International Workshop brought together some of the best specialists in the world to discuss what opportunities sustainable materials can offer. The workshop included over 350 delegates registered from 30 different countries around the world.For more information on this event, please click HERE......

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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 May 11, 2020, Professor Manjusri Misra was invited to present her research at the virtual 2020 Biocomposites Research Network (BioCRN) Conference hosted by the University of British Columbia. Dr. Misra was invited as the Keynote Speaker, where she delivered her presentation titled "Bio-Composites and Circular Economy: The Current Status and Future Directions".The BioCRN conference is a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus, Canadian international network that focuses on developing high-impact clusters of research excellence in different sub-areas of biocomposite materials and manufacturing. It expands the collaboration among multiple institutes and centres in the field, as well as liaising with key government sectors and policy makers. The virtual event attracted over 50+ international attendees and hosted 20 different thought-provoking presentations from around the world.For more information on this event, please click HERE......

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