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The Global Summit on Applied Science, Engineering and Technology will be held in Dubai, UAE during March 17-19, 2022.GSASET2022 shares an insight into the recent research and cutting edge technologies, which gains immense interest with the colossal and exuberant presence of young and brilliant researchers, business delegates and talented student communities.GSASET2022 goal is to bring together, a multi-disciplinary group of scientists and engineers from all over the world to present and exchange break-through ideas relating to the Applied Science, Engineering and Technology.Topics of the conference covers a comprehensive spectrum of issues from: fundamental sciences, computers engineering, electrical and electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, materials engineering etc. To see the list of speakers, click here......

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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. Amar Mohanty, director of U of G’s Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC) and an internationally recognized leader in bioplastics and biocomposites used in everything from car parts to consumer goods, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Miroslaw Romanowski Medal, from the Royal Society of Canada.The annual award recognizes significant scientific contributions toward solving environmental problems or improving ecosystem quality. Established in 1994 and named for internationally renowned metrologist Miroslaw Romanowski, the medal also includes a lecture series for the award recipient.Read more:U of G news link and Royal Society of Canada press release......

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Energy Working Group at the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) organized a significant event virtually this time, the so-called: TUBA World Conference on Energy Science and Technology (TUBA WCEST-2021) between 8-12 August 2021. This unique conference aims to invite internationally renowned researchers and scientists, leading policymakers and strategists, and society presidents and committee chairs to deliver plenary, keynote, and invited talks.Prof. Mohanty will be presenting his research on: "Improved Utilization of Co-Products from Biofuel Industries in New Industrial Uses for a Sustainable Biorefinery".To learn more about this event, click here. To learn more about Prof. Mohanty's presentation, click here.   ...

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For the 2020-21 Agri-food Yearbook, the Ontario Agri-food Innovation Alliance featured Prof. Misra on page 20. The article titled "Biocomposites make vehicle manufacturing greener" discusses Prof. Misra's contributions to biocomposite alternatives that stems away from petroleum-based plastics in the automotive industry. Likewise, they discussed the BDDC's involvement in bioproduct development. To read the full article click here (see page 20).    ...

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Funded Graduate Opportunities - PhD/M.A.Sc./MEng in Biological Engineering*This graduate opportunity is for graduate students pursuing a degree in Biological Engineering for the following research areas:Bioplastics and Biobased PolymersBiocomposites (Natural Fibre Composites) and Polymer BlendsGreen Composites including Recyclability, Durability and Biodegradability StudiesBiobased Nanocomposites and Nanoblends3D Printing of Bioplastics and BiocompositesBiomass and Biomaterials SustainabilityBiomedical Applications for Bioplastics and BiocompositesValue-added Biobased Materials from the Coproducts/Byproducts of Biofuel IndustriesBiodegradability (Compostability) For entry in the PhD Biological Engineering program, candidates must hold a thesis-based Master’s degree in engineering.For entry in the M.A.Sc./MEng programs, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science.If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please see the <a href="https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/future/international/english" target="_blank">chart</a> for acceptable tests and required scores. Please refer to the School of Engineering <a href="https://www.uoguelph.ca/engineering/grad/application-process" target="_blank">website</a> for department requirements.For more information and how to apply, please see the Information Sheet or email bddcinfo@uoguelph.ca.Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled.A preliminary selection will be made based on the interviews to qualify the prospective candidate to apply for graduate studies at the University of Guelph. Selection does  guarantee acceptance for graduate studies.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.*Only short-listed candidates will be contacted......

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Funded Graduate Opportunities - M.Sc. in Plant Agriculture*This graduate opportunity is for graduate students pursuing a degree in Plant Agriculture for the following research areas:Bioplastics and Biobased PolymersBiocomposites (Natural Fibre Composites) and Polymer BlendsGreen Composites including Recyclability, Durability and Biodegradability StudiesBiobased Nanocomposites and Nanoblends3D Printing of Bioplastics and BiocompositesBiomass and Biomaterials SustainabilityBiomedical Applications for Bioplastics and BiocompositesValue-added Biobased Materials from the Coproducts/Byproducts of Biofuel IndustriesBiodegradability (Compostability)For entry in the M.Sc. program, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in ScienceIf your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please see the chart for acceptable tests and required scores on the graduate studies website. Please copy and paste the weblink found below:For more information and how to apply, please see the Information Sheet or email bddcinfo@uoguelph.ca.Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled.A preliminary selection will be made based on the interviews to qualify the prospective candidate to apply for graduate studies at the University of Guelph. Selection does not guarantee acceptance for graduate studies.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.*Only short-listed candidates will be contacteddd...

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITIONS AVAILABLELocation: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, CanadaExpected Start Date: September 2021 or laterDeadline to Apply: September 6, 2021 (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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Congratulations to Professor Manjusri Misra for being honoured with the Fellow status in the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE), nominated by the Injection SPE Molding Division. Prof. Misra was honoured at the 2021 SPE Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) held virtually. To read more about the 2021 Fellows of the Society honourees, click here.   ...

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Dr. Manjusri Misra has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS) for outstanding contributions to advancing the field of biopolymers, bio-based composite materials.Misra received the award this week at the group’s 27th annual meeting, held virtually.This prestigious award is given to BEPS members who have made outstanding contributions that have advanced the scientific field and/or technological development of biopolymers, biobased materials, or bioplastic/materials related to bioenergy. The nominee is recognized as a leader in their field and hold a position of full professor or equivalent (i.e., GS15, senior scientist, and/or engineers) for two years or longer.For more information on BEPS, click here.U of G news linkkk...

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