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Prof. Mohanty was interviewed for the article published by the Times of India titled "Honoured to be able to foster world-class education in state". The article discusses the future of bioplastics, how his research can address that, and his connection to Odisha. Further, it discusses Prof. Mohanty and his honor being awarded the Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence. To read the article, click here. Also see the attached PDF of the article below.    ...

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ICSIS-2022 provides an opportunity to all participants, especially young budding engineers and researchers to interact and share ideas related to the innovation and smart technologies so that the latest engineering applications and technologies influence the community. This conference occurred on May 6-7, 2022. Prof. Misra presented her research on May 7, 2022 regarding "Plastic waste challenges to sustainable materials through a global circular economy approach". To read more about this event, click here.   ...

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A group of 38 high school students in Grade 11 International Baccalaureate (IB) program and 5 teachers from the Toronto Montessori School visited BDDC and toured the labs.  The visit and the tour were led by Dr. Michael Snowdon with support from Dr. Milka Popov.  A group of 38 high school students in Grade 11 International Baccalaureate (IB) program and 5 teachers from the Toronto Montessori School visited BDDC and toured the labs.  The visit and the tour were led by Dr. Michael Snowdon with support from Dr. Milka Popov.  ...

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On Wednesday, April 6, 2022 representatives of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien), or the BOKU Group visited the BDDC. The goal of the visit is to develop stronger research and project collaborations between BOKU and the University of Guelph.   The Austrian delegation consisted of:  Professor Eva Schulev-Steindl (Rector and an expert in Environmental Law), Professor Karsten Schulz (Vice-Rector for Teaching, Continuing Education and Students, and an expert in Hydrology), Professor Dietmar Haltrich (Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology and an expert in Enzymology), Professor Johann Sölkner (Head of a Division of Livestock Sciences and an expert in Animal Genetics), Professor Georg Gratzer (Deputy Head of the Institute of Forest Ecology, expert in ecological system research), Professor Dagmar Grimm-Pretner (Institute of Landscape Architecture and expert in open space design), Ulf Thalhammer (MBA MSc, Head of the Rectors' Office), and Dr. Margarita Calderón-Peter (Head of BOKU-International Relations).  Professor Manjusri Misra and Professor Amar Mohanty provided an overview of key BDDC research activities and accomplishments and led the tour at the BDDC facility......

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The 26th Project SOY (Sustainable Opportunities for You) Plus Competition took place on March 25, 2022. For 26 years it has been providing students with a chance to channel their innovative thinking into the development and marketing of plant-based products. Originally started in 1996 as Project SOY, participants were asked to put their minds together to innovate soybean-based products. The competition has now grown to include all plant-based products. University of Guelph students from the diploma, undergraduate or graduate programs worked in groups with a faculty advisor to create scientifically sound new product concepts and marketing plans were presented on March 25th. All entries were judged by industry representatives and prizes of $2,500, $1,000 and $500 were awarded to first, second and third place contestant winners in three categories: diploma, undergraduate and graduate.Two groups of students from the BDDC participated in the competition, one at the undergraduate level and another at the graduate level. Our undergraduate students: Susan Debevc, Nicole Harder and Jeffery Lim presented their project which was entitled “A-maize-ing Bio-Blisters!” While our graduate group consisting of: Peter Zytner, Ehsan Pesaranhajiabbas , Aarsha Surendren and Fatemeh Jahangiri brought the “DropDeter: A Biodegradable Alternative for Shock Indicators.” Both of our teams won second place in the respective groups. Congratulations to our students!To read more about the competition and the list of winners click here......

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The 3rd Advanced Materials Science World Congress surrounds the theme “Anticipating Future Trends, New Insights, and Cutting-Edge Technologies in Materials Science and Engineering” and took place on March 21-23, 2022 in London, UK. This conference includes global Keynote presentations, Oral presentations, plenary talks, Young Research Forum, Poster presentations, Student Forum, Technical Workshop, Symposia, Start-up opportunities and meet the Professors on different phases of Materials science.Adv. Materials Science 2022 is a platform for global scientists, researchers, directors, professors, engineers, research scholars, industrialists and students from all over the world to share their knowledge and research experience in all aspects of Materials Science.Prof. Misra will present her research titled "Advanced biocarbons and their lightweight sustainable green composite materials: A path forward to circular bioeconomy" on March 23, 2022.For more information on this conference, click here.   ...

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APM 2022 is 13th in the series of conferences intended to be held every year in India organized by CIPET to bring together the international community from diverse areas of polymers, product development, design, teaching and research, to showcase cutting edge research about plastic material & product development to the stakeholders; aid the ongoing process of developing and extending the collective vision through emerging research challenges and questions; and provide a platform for interaction collaboration and development of the community in order for it to take up the challenges to realize the vision. The conference is intended for students, teachers, researchers, scientists, technologists and Industrialists. The theme for APM 2022 is “Probing Innovative & Sustainable Product Design and Manufacturing”.APM 2022 will be held virtually on March 8-12, 2022. For more information on this conference, click here.   ...

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On February 26, 2022, Prof. Misra shared her presentation on "Putting plastic waste to reuse: A circular economy approach" virtually at the Prem Jain Distinguished Lecture Series 2022. The Prem Jain Distinguished Lecture Series is meant to identify leaders in the global sustainability field and create awareness and advocacy for sustainability and the environment. Thus inspiring India's young talent and disseminate every form of education on sustainable development, ecosystems, built environment, traditions, art, crafts and related studies across academic institutions amidst the youth and working professionals. To see Prof. Misra's presentation, click here.   ...

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The Canada India Research Centre for Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) is an interdisciplinary nucleus in Canada for cutting edge research on India/Indian diaspora, to advocate, showcase, catalyse, and foster an equitable, respectful, and sustained exchange of knowledge between Canadian and Indian scholars on complex and emerging (and unexplored) topics related to sustainability and social and economic well-being. At CIRCLE's most recent webinar talk, Prof. Misra presented her research on "Challenges and oppurtunities towards a zero waste plastics economy". Mainly highlighting how society can shift towards a waste-free world through technology like bioplastics, biobased composites and sustainable packaging.To learn more about CIRCLE and Prof. Misra's presentation, click here.     ...

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