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The development of sustainable waste management strategies has become a major concern throughout the world. Thus, this program focuses on “recycling” and “recovery” of waste material while paving the way towards circular economy, land reclamation, and water and wastewater treatments.    This program will offer a timely opportunity for knowledge exchange among professionals from all over the world to assist the formulation of an efficient sustainable management agenda for biological waste and remediation of soil, water and air in the local context, which satisfies the environmental compatibility, financial feasibility and social needs. It will deliberate on state-of-the-art treatment technologies, advanced management strategies, and political issues pertaining to recycling and recovery of organic waste.Moreover, local and overseas experts from different sectors including academic researchers, industrial practitioners, green groups, and government departments will be gathered in this program to solicit scientific and technical inputs as well as political feedback, facilitating the development of integrated solutions. Experienced industrial practitioners, professional organizations, green groups, as well as government officers are invited to the conference.Occurring on October 26-28, 2021. For more information about this conference follow this link.To see the list of speakers, including Prof. Mohanty, follow this link......

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Prof. Misra spoke before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.The Commons committee is studying the potential effects of such a ban on Canadian small businesses and the plastics production industry, including the impacts on jobs, human health, and the environment.Prof. Misra spoke on behalf of U of G and discussed alternatives to single-use plastics as well as the infrastructure needed to manage compostable plastic waste.Related Articles and Links:Parliament of Canada's notice of Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI)Video link to the ENVI Standing Committee meetingUniversity of Guelph new articleee...

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Both Prof. Mohanty and Prof. Misra were interviewed for the NOVA article, "Could plastic made from bacteria guts help solve our waste crisis?". The article writes, "Despite the efforts of recycling programs and environmental education, it’s still hard for many of us to grasp just how much plastic humans produce. We are on track to produce a billion tons of plastic a year by 2050. Cumulatively, we’ve already produced more than 8.3 billion metric tons since 1950. That’s 20 times the weight of all human beings alive right now".To read the full article, follow this link.They were also featured on the University of Guelph's news page, which can be found here.   ...

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Utkal Today has featured Odisha Prof. Manju Misra as one one WXN Most Powerful Women – Top 100, for 2020. Utkal Today writes, "She is a woman of substance and is a great example to the younger generation. She has proved that with the right amalgamation of dedication, passion and hard work, one can reach heights of success and be a driving force of motivation for many".Click here to read more.   ...

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From March 9-13, 2021, Professor Amar Mohanty attended the 12th International Conference on Advancements in Polymeric Materials hosted by the Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET).Dr. Mohanty presented his research on March 12, 2021 titled, "Will Bioplastic Alleviate Single-Use Plastic Waste Concern? Challenges on the Journey for Sustainable Alternatives".The 12th chapter of the series, APM 2021, brings together worldwide leading researchers, industrialists and educators from diverse fields for exchanging knowledge and research ideas through online mode. A multidisciplinary approach has been endorsed in this chapter with an aim of taking forward the current research initiatives to a different dimension leading to revolutionary advancement in the existing technology. For more information, click here.   ...

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Link to this article can be found here The authors; Ashton, L., Cruz, G.E., Misra, M., Mohanty, A., Fraser, E., McCormick, M., Wang, T., Snowdon, M., & Corradini, M., write about the role of plastic in our everyday lives and further compare petroleum-based plastic versus bio-based plastic, featured on the Arrell Food Institute's website: "Plastics can be shaped into anything and mimic materials that we need (e.g., leather and rubber). They are widely available and affordable. Although plastics remain an important part of our day-to-day, the amount of waste produced from our reliance on plastics and their persistence in natural environments have severely complicated their management and disposal.Bio-based plastics, which are plastics produced from plants and other renewable sources, show promise in reducing plastic pollution and our reliance on fossils fuels. However, we must consider the trade-offs and benefits of bio-based plastics, how they will fit into our waste management systems and their holistic impacts on human and planetary health". See their Bioplastic Infographic here......

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From March 9-13, 2021, Professor Manjusri Misra attended the 12th International Conference on Advancements in Polymeric Materials hosted by the Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET).Dr. Misra presented her research on March 13, 2021 titled, "Biocarbon from Slow Pyrolysis of Non-Food Biomass and Agri-Food Industry Waste and their Biocomposites in Advanced Manufacturing uses: A Pathway to Low-Carbon Economy and a Sustainable Society".The 12th chapter of the series, APM 2021, brings together worldwide leading researchers, industrialists and educators from diverse fields for exchanging knowledge and research ideas through online mode. A multidisciplinary approach has been endorsed in this chapter with an aim of taking forward the current research initiatives to a different dimension leading to revolutionary advancement in the existing technology. For more information, click here......

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From February 24-26, 2021, Professor Amar Mohanty attended the international webinar on 2G Biofuels: A Way Forward hosted by Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology. Dr. Mohanty presented his research titled "Improved Utilization of Coproduct from 2G Biofuel Production: Lignin based Biomaterials in New Industrial Uses for a Sustainable Biorefinery".Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology brings together experts discussing key themes on bio-energy systems, bio composites, Lignocellulosic biomass, supply chain, biofuel feedstock, geospatial technology, supercritical water gasification, and advanced biomobility solutions. For more information, click here to view the brochure and agenda.   ...

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From February 23-25, 2021, Professor Amar Mohanty attended the Bioproducts Agri-Science Research Cluster webinar hosted by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. Dr. Mohanty presented his research on February 24, 2021 titled, "Improved Utilization of Downstream Products from Bioethanol Industry for New Industrial Applications". The Bioproducts AgSci Research Cluster initiative is managed by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC). This initiative is a nationally distributed pre-commercial research cluster focused on the development of industrial bioproducts technologies and their feedstocks from the Canadian agriculture sector, supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. For more information on the webinar, click here.   ...

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Downloadable PDF Version of the Postdoc AdPOSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITIONS AVAILABLELocation:University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, CanadaExpected Start Date:July 2021 or soonerDeadline to Apply: February 28, 2020 (Applications will be reviewed upon receipt of the complete application package)Degree Requirements:   PhD degree obtained in July 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 the 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 the 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 the 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** The 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 the 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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