Established in 2008 by the University of Guelph

  • The BDDC is a world class research facility specializing in biomaterials development and processing. The experts at the BDDC continually challenge themselves to innovate by pushing the boundaries of materials science, engineering and chemistry.


The research and development team at the BDDC is actively engaged in industry-led projects as well as fundamental research endeavours. The resources and expertise at the BDDC are set up to allow for a balance of short-term and longer term research projects. Industry partners who are faced with tight timelines can be assured that their projects are handled professionally and efficiently.

The BDDC is part of several research networks which are conducting leading edge research that could have far reaching applications in materials development. The BDDC is open to research collaboration and welcomes the opportunity to partner with other universities, government agencies or industry on their research projects. "Bioproducts - Wave of the Future" can be viewed for an inside look at the BDDC and its ongoing research activities.

Current Areas of Research:

  • Biocomposites and green composites
  • Renewable resource-based green polymers
  • Bio-based nylons and polyolefins
  • Petroleum-based biodegradable polymers
  • Polyols from plant oils and bio-based polyurethanes
  • Bio-based polyesters/epoxies
  • Agricultural residues and grass fibres as reinforcing fillers
  • Nanostructure carbons, nano-cellulose, nano-clay and nano-metals
  • Improved utilization of lignin, soy meal, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), canola meal and crude glycerol
  • Hybrid biocomposites of agricultural residues and industrial waste/co-products
  • New biocarbon-based materials
  • Durability and sustainability of bio-based materials
  • Compostability and biodegradability of bioplastics and biocomposites