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View the original news article HERE.https://www.clubcoffee.ca/blog/club-coffee-welcomes-ontario-government-support-for-compostable-coffee-pods-in-municipal-composting-systems/ One of BDDC's commercialized biocomposite formulations for Club Coffee's single-serve coffee pod, PurPod100™ has been highlighted in this news article. "Club Coffee welcomes the Ontario government announcement that municipalities should now include certified compostable coffee pods in their food waste diversion programs under the province’s updated Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement."""...

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An article by Prof. Amar Mohanty highlighting the BDDC's latest accomplishments was published in the September 24, 2020 campaign of Building the Bioeconomy, a Mediaplanet sponsored feature launched in the National Post and online on Innovating Canada. The article provides insights into making bioproducts available in the market in order to reduce carbon emissions. Read the article HERE.   ...

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The BDDC hosted its Virtual Circular Economy Workshop 2020: Sustainable Materials - Innovating Our Future Beyond the Pandemic which started on Wednesday September 23 and ended on Thursday September 24, 2020. The workshop received over 400 registered participants from 46 different countries.For more information about the workshop, click HERE.https://bioproductscentre.com/events/SustainableMaterialsWorkshoppp...

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View the original article HERE.https://www.sae.org/news/2020/09/2020-spe-fords-mielewski-envisions-renewable-materials-portfolio SAE International highlighted Ford's renewable materials portfolio which includes one of the materials developed at the BDDC."According to Mielewski, who specifically credited the work of Amar Mohanty at the University of Guelph, along with Varroc Lighting Systems and Ontario’s Competitive Green Technologies (CGT), the McDonald’s partnership allowed 40% of the talc in the previous material to be replaced with coffee chaff, while also knocking off a half pound of weight per vehicle. “We cannot take credit for everything, we implement,” Mielewski said. “He [Amar] did all the hard work with CGT, working toward making this high-quality bio carbon from McDonald's coffee chaff to meet every one of our requirements. It gives us better heat deflection, better life cycle and weight reduction.”"   ...

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Ethan Watt, an undergraduate researcher from the BDDC was honoured with the ACCE Best Paper Award during the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) Virtual Event which was held from September 9-11, 2020.Congratulations to Ethan Watt for his winning paper entitled, "Influence of Soy Hull Based Biocarbon and Graphene Nanoplatelets on the Performance of Polypropylene". Ethan received the highest average rating from the conference peer reviewers out of 40 other contenders. He will receive a plaque to commemorate this achievement for his excellence in technical writing.Click HERE for more information.https://www.4spe.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=6163   ...

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BDDC researchers (3) presented at the 2020 SPE ACCE Virtual Annual Meeting, which took place from September 9 to 11, 2020.The SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions jointly sponsor the annual Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE). This event is designed to educate and update automotive design and production engineers, sales personnel, and management from transportation OEMs and Tier suppliers about the benefits and expanding importance of thermoset and thermoplastic composites in passenger vehicles, light trucks, and other ground transportation applications. ACCE is the world’s leading automotive composites forum. The event provides excellent networking opportunities and draws over 800 speakers, exhibitors, and attendees from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.The BDDC researchers communicated 1 Panel Discussion and 2 Oral Presentations.Professor Mohanty participated in the panel entitled, "Sustainable Materials Management and the Circular Economy", and was joined by Dr. Debbie Mielewski (Ford), Sanjay Jain (DSM), Kanchana Sonti (HP), Thomas McKay (BASF), and Mitchell Toomey (BASF).Maisyn Picard, MASc Student, presented her research live on "Sustainable Composites from Biobased Engineering Thermoplastic and Biobased Filler for Automotive Parts".Ethan Watt, Undergraduate Student, shared a recorded presentation on "Influence of Soy Hull Based Biocarbon and Graphene Nanoplatelets on the Performance of Polypropylene Biocomposites for Automotive Applications"......

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Prof. Amar Mohanty will be named as Fellow of the Royal Society. He will be among 87 new RSC Fellows and 50 new College members from across Canada inducted this fall in Ottawa. RSC Fellows are researchers who have made remarkable contributions to their fields. Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists are recognized as emerging intellectuals who have demonstrated a high level of achievement.This year’s new Fellows in the Academies of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Science will be celebrated along with new members of the RSC College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists on Nov. 27.Amar Mohanty, Department of Plant Agriculture, cross-appointed to School of EngineeringGenerating sustainable bio-based materials while reducing the environmental impact of plastics has driven research and innovation by Prof. Amar Mohanty. A pioneer in advanced biomaterials science and engineering, he is director of U of G’s Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC), is an OAC Distinguished Research Chair in Sustainable Biomaterials and Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Composites of Composites Part C- Open Access.Bio-composites made in the BDDC from renewable sources, particularly materials from industrial waste streams, have been substituted for conventional plastics in many commercial applications, from compostable coffee pods to “green” automotive parts. U of G News: https://news.uoguelph.ca/2020/09/four-u-of-g-professors-named-members-of-royal-society-of-canada///...

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PDF Version of the Postdoc Ad downloadable HERE.POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITIONS AVAILABLELocation:University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, CanadaExpected Start Date:January 2021Deadline to Apply: July 31, 2020 (Applications will be reviewed upon receipt of complete application package)Degree Requirements:   PhD degree obtained in January 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 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 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 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** 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 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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On July 6th, 2020, the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC) researchers previously published article, "Biobased Poly(ethylene terephthalate)/Poly(lactic acid) Blends Tailored with Epoxide Compatibilizers" was featured in ACS Omega's special Virtual Issue "Celebrating 5 Years of Open Access with ACS Omega".In this Virtual Issue, the team of Editors at ACS Omega highlight 50 outstanding articles to demonstrate the quality of work published over this period. These articles are divided into five categories: highly cited; highly read; articles that have received considerable media attention; articles from some of our most prolific and prominent authors; and articles published by our own eminent Editorial Board that represent the diversity of topic and geography of the journal.For more information about this special virtual issue, please click HERE......

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