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Professor Manjusri Misra's research on using coffee grounds and recycled plastics to create a biocomposites that can be used for rigid packaging and 3D printing applications was featured in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) Annual Research Report 2022-2023.A new life for waste plastics and coffee groundsToday, about 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced annually, with roughly 80 per cent entering landfills or the natural environment. The primary contributor: single use plastics. Researchers have been investigating ways to turn recycled and waste plastics into new more sustainable products, such as biocomposites – a material made from combining plastics and a natural resource (like natural fibers).In Canada, researchers are attempting to find new uses for an estimated 300,000 metric tonnes of used coffee grounds generated each year. Dr. Manjusri Misra, a professor in the School of Engineering, set out to develop sustainable biocomposites from coffee grounds. The coffee grounds were made into biocarbon and then combined with recycled plastics (water bottles and bale wrap) to produce a biocomposite. The evaluation of the biocomposites strength, durability and flexibility showed that the incorporation of biocarbon produced a biocomposite that demonstrated balanced properties for rigid packaging and 3D printing applications.The team used spent coffee grounds collected at the U of G to create the biocarbon and collected bale wrap from local farms in their experiments.The research successfully created biocomposites composed of 95 per cent sustainable input materials that have potential industrial uses, such as packaging and 3D printing applications, displacing fossil-based resources.By utilizing recycled waste materials to produce biocomposites, this research is a significant step towards reducing our environmental footprint and achieving the global sustainable development goals.For More Information, Visit CEPS Annual Report   ...

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BDDC team, including Prof. Amar Mohanty, Prof. Manjusri Misra, Dr. Arturo Rodriguez and Dr. Milka Popov met with Competitive Green Technologies: Atul Bali (CEO), Mike Tiessen (President), Xue (Snow) Bai (Lead – Supplier Development and Laboratory and Quality Engineer); and Dr. Parvinder Walia (Director of Materials Science, Magna International - Exteriors). The meeting included a visit to the Competitive Green Technologies facilities, in Leamington, Ontario......

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The International Conference on Sustainable Materials for Engineering Applications (ICSMEA 2024), was held at IIT Madras, Chennai, India, from February 1-3, 2024. Professor Amar K. Mohanty delivered a keynote presentation (a spotlight lecture) on “Sustainable Materials for Circular Economy” and Professor Manjusri Misra, gave a keynote presentation on "Advanced biocarbons from sustainable resources and their lightweight polymer composite materials", remotely. The event was a hybrid format with in-person and virtual participation, including 15 expert international speakers and numerous young scholars from across India. The conference included contributions from international scholars, industry participants and research lab scientists, further enriching the discussions. For More Information: ICSMEA 2024    ...

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop visited the University of Guelph this week to learn how the University is helping develop commercial solutions to challenges in sectors across Ontario’s economy through technology research and innovation.The pair toured the BDDC Facilities and had a chance to interact with GIGAS, the Guelph Intelligent Greenhouse Automation System.  The researchers and students behind the development of these made-in-Guelph innovations showcased how research at our University is leading to commercialized products that directly solve challenges in sectors across Ontario’s economy – from agriculture to automotive and more.The premier and minister were given a demonstration of GIGAS, a “smart” robot under development by an interdisciplinary team at U of G to help automate tasks in Ontario’s greenhouse sector. Researchers in U of G’s School of Engineering explained how GIGAS is being trained to monitor greenhouse vegetable growth, detect disease outbreaks, prune leaves and harvest produce.  At the BDDC, researchers demonstrated how agricultural waste products are made into biomaterial pellets, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support a circular economy.The premier and minister toured the BDCC with director Dr. Amar Mohanty, the OAC Distinguished Chair in Sustainable Biomaterials and Dr. Manjusri Misra, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Sustainable Biocomposites, and interacted with the trainees.For More Information: UofG News   ...

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Dr. Rashmi Bhardwaj and Dr. Pankaj Kumar gave a presentation on the topic: "Making the Future: Sustainable solutions for high-performance polyamides" as part of the BDDC Distinguished Speaker Seminar series, on November 16, 2023.The presentation was followed by the discussion and tour of the BDDC Facilities held by the staff of the BDDC......

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The Ontario Network of Women in Engineering(ONWiE) Summit was held on November 14th & 15th in Hamilton ON. BDDC trainees, Aarsha Surendren (PhD candidate) and Blessing Itabana (MASc candidate) attended the event.The theme for the event was “Diversity through Inclusion.” The Summit featured over 25 presentations on topics ranging from “Where is the E in K-12 STEM Education?” to “Lessons from Black Scholars Hiring Initiative” to “The Intersectional Experiences of Women of Colour in Undergraduate Engineering” and networking.For details, visit http://www.onwie.ca/event/summit2023///...

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Prof. Manjusri Misra was Keynote Speaker at the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) Conference 2023. Her presentation was titled "Plastic Waste Upcycling: Hybrid Biocomposites for a Sustainable Circular BioEconomy".Prof. Manjusri Misra and Prof. Amar K. Mohanty also presented at the CSChE-IICHE 2023 Joint International Symposium on October 31, 2023 which was organized by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE). Prof. Mohanty gave an invited presentation titled "Advanced BIOCARBON & their Sustainable Composites for Lightweight Electric Vehicles parts & High BARRIER packaging".Prof. Misra gave an invited presentation titled "Sustainable Materials as Single-Use Plastic Alternatives for a Competitive Circular Bioeconomy". Prof. Manjusri Misra was also a Co-Chair for a session held on Oct 31, 2023.   ...

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Prof. Amar K. Mohanty presented at the Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, McMaster University. He gave a presentation about "Sustainable Materials For a Circular Economy".   Prof. Amar K. Mohanty presented at the Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, McMaster University. He gave a presentation about "Sustainable Materials For a Circular Economy".   ...

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