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BDDC invited guest speaker Prof. Prasenjit Mondal from Indian Institute of Technology held at the Arboretum Centre, University of Guelph on May 30, 2024. Prof. Mondal presented on "Sustainable Utilization of Waste Plastics and Biomass Advancing Circular Economy".This event was Chaired by Prof. Stefano Gregori and Prof. Abdallah Elsayed from the School of Engineering, University of Guelph. A total of 35 individuals attended the event from the BDDC team, School of Engineering Professors, and industry partners.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​...

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During the German Federal Parliament Committee on Food and Agriculture visit to the University of Guelph (U of G), BDDC research and accomplishments were presented by Dr. Milka Popov, Research Projects Manager.A 10-member German delegation was led by Hermann Färber, Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Food and Agriculture, Member of the Bundestag. Representatives from U of G included Dr. Stuart McCook, Assistant Vice-President, International, Office of International Strategy and Partnerships, and Dr. John Cranfield, Acting Dean and Professor, Ontario Agricultural College (OAC).   ...

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Prof. Misra and Prof. Mohanty were invited to the 39th International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia on May 19-23, 2024. This event was attended by hundreds of professionals in the polymer processing industry from around the world. Prof. Misra was a Plenary speaker and presented on "Sustainable Polymer for a Circular Economy" (virtual presentation).Prof. Mohanty was a Distinguished Keynote speaker on "Nano-Structured Ternary Blends: PLA in PBS-PBAT Nanostructure" (virtual presentation).    ...

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Professor Manjusri Misra is leading the project that received $1M in funding by the province to develop and commercialize a home compostable K-cup. The research team partnered with Ontario-based companies Coffee Club and Competitive Green Technologies for this venture. In addition to Professor Manjusri Misra, the research team includes Professor Amar Mohanty and Professor Brandon Gilroyed, from the University of Guelph, as well as Professor Devashish Pujari, at McMaster University. The aim for this project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the disposal of K-cups used in Keurig coffee machines. This is a four and a half year project and is now going into its second year.  Guelph Today Article: UofG researchers get $1M for compostable K-cup project           ...

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"Prof. Mohanty, Prof. Misra and Dr. Tao Wang attended the key regional agri-food sector stakeholders meeting, on April 26, 2024. The event was organized by the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Guelph Research and Development Centre. The theme of the event was "Science Strategy on Circular Economy and Waste Reduction in Food Systems". This event was attended by 50 participants consisting of government, industry and university researchers. In addition, Prof. Mohanty and Prof. Misra met with a Research Scientist, Dr. Qiang Liu, and toured his lab.        ...

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BDDC Member Blessing Itabana successfully defended her thesis on "Development of Sustainable Products from Poly (Butylene Adipate-co-Terephthalate) (PBAT) for Flexible Packaging and Rigid Applications”. She Graduated from MASc in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph in 2024.BDDC Member Blessing Itabana successfully defended her thesis on "Development of Sustainable Products from Poly (Butylene Adipate-co-Terephthalate) (PBAT) for Flexible Packaging and Rigid Applications”. She Graduated from MASc in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph in 2024....

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Professor Manjusri Misra of the University of Guelph was a featured panelist in a post-screening discussion at The Bookshelf on April 22. The event, organized by the Rotary Club of Guelph, included a showing of "The Story of Plastic," an Emmy-winning documentary. Professor Misra along with Madeleine Myhill from the City of Guelph and The Refill Store owner Lindsey Oman held a Q&A session after the movie.Guelph Today article: Guelph Earth Day event: Emmy-winning film and local expertsThe Story of Plastic 2019 Movie   ...

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITIONS AVAILABLE Current Availability: 3 PositionsLocation: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, CanadaExpected Start Date: September 1, 2024 / Till Positions AvailableDegree Requirements: PhD degree 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; and 3) 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 $45,000 - $47,000 per annum, plus benefitsPostdoctoral OpportunitiesMulti-Layer Polymer Films & Packaging via Melt Processing with Property Analysis for Biopolymer Blends, and Biocomposites (Cast, Blown, and Melt Extrusion).  Positions Available: 1(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) Positions Available: 1(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 ApplicationsPositions Available: 1 (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.How to ApplyApplication to the BDDC Selection CommitteePlease send your application package to bddcjobs@uoguelph.ca. Your application package must contain the below mentioned 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 contributions If you have any submitted manuscripts, please include your email confirmation from the journal) List of your conference presentationsContact information for three references YOUR 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 CVEmail Subject Line: Postdoctoral Fellow Position at BDDC + Indicate position above (1, 2, 3)**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.If you have any questions, please contact bddcjobs@uoguelph.ca.Supervised by:Professor Amar Mohantyhttps://www.bioproductscentre.com/director Professor 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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Eric Fournelle, a ’92 HAFA alum and Shannon Fawns, Development Manager, OAC, visited BDDC and toured the facility.  The tour was led by Dr. Milka Popov, Project Manager, and Malik Hassan, PhD student at BDDC. Eric Fournelle, a ’92 HAFA alum and Shannon Fawns, Development Manager, OAC, visited BDDC and toured the facility.  The tour was led by Dr. Milka Popov, Project Manager, and Malik Hassan, PhD student at BDDC. ...

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Professor Amar Mohanty was an invited panelist in the panel session on the topic "Thermal Runaway – Detection, Containment and Mitigation" in the Plastics in Electric & Autonomous Vehicles Conference(SPE EAV 2024) conference held in Troy, Michigan, April 8 - 10 2024 To View the Conference ProgramProfessor Amar Mohanty was an invited panelist in the panel session on the topic "Thermal Runaway – Detection, Containment and Mitigation" in the Plastics in Electric & Autonomous Vehicles Conference(SPE EAV 2024) conference held in Troy, Michigan, April 8 - 10 2024 To View the Conference Program...

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