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On November 18, 2022 students from Humberview Secondary School visited the BDDC. Dr. Milka Popov provided an overview of key BDDC research and Dr. Akhilesh Kumar Pal led a tour of the facility.On November 18, 2022 students from Humberview Secondary School visited the BDDC. Dr. Milka Popov provided an overview of key BDDC research and Dr. Akhilesh Kumar Pal led a tour of the facility....

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On November 2, 2022, delegates from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada visited the BDDC.  Professor Manjusri Misra provided an overview of key BDDC research activities and led the tour at the BDDC facility. On November 2, 2022, delegates from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada visited the BDDC.  Professor Manjusri Misra provided an overview of key BDDC research activities and led the tour at the BDDC facility. ...

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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 into the Ph.D. 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 the further diversification of our Institution.*Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. How to ApplyApplication to the BDDC Selection CommitteeYour application package must contain the following documents and labeled accordingly:COVER LETTER(File Name: Last Name_Cover Letter_Date)Outline qualifications for the specific position applied (i.e. Ph.D. Student)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. The research component of the graduate student 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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Researchers at the BDDC attended and presented their works  at the annual Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CCEC) in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 23rd to  October 26th, 2022.  Presentations: Peter Zytner presented “Morphology and Performance Relationship Studies on Poly(3-Hydroxybutyrate-co-3-Hydroxyvalerate) and Poly(Butylene Adipate-co-Terephthalate)-based Biodegradable Blends” Authors: Zytner, P., Pal, A., Wu, F., Rodriguez-Uribe, A., Misra, M., & Mohanty, A. K. Debarshi Nath presented “Biobased Poly(Butylene Succinate-co-Adipate) Composites-based Blown Films for Flexible Packaging: Properties and Performance Evaluation” Authors: Nath, D., Mohanty, A. K., Pal, A., & Misra, M. Dayna McNeill presented “Sustainable Biocomposites from Biodegradable Polymer Blend and Walnut Shell Powder: Effect of Compatibilizer on the Performance” Authors: McNeill, D., Pal, A., Mohanty, A. K., & Misra, M.Fatemeh Jahangiri presented “Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) coated biodegradable polymer sheets for high-barrier applications” Authors: Jahangiri, F., Mohanty, A. K., Pal, A., Shankar, S., Rodriguez-Uribe, A., & Misra, M. Aarsha Surendren presented “Biocomposite filmes from talc filled blens of plasticized post-industrial waste starch and biodegradable polymer for packaging applications” Authors: Surendren, A., Mohanty, A. K., Shankar, S., Pal, A., Rodriguez-Uribe, A., & Misra, M. Malik Hassan presented “Optimization of printing parameters and performance investigation of extrusion 3D printed composites from ocean recycled plastics and biocarbon” Authors: Hassan, M., Mohanty, A. K., & Misra, M. Blessing Itabana presented “Effect of Stretching on the Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Poly (Butylene Adipate–co–Terephthalate)/Talc-based Blown Film for Sustainable Packaging Application” Authors: Itabana, B., Mohanty, A. K., Pal, A., & Misra, M. Ehsan Pesaranhajiabbas presented “Reactive extrusion of biodegradable polyester-based blends: Morphological transition and performance evaluation” Authors: Pesaranhajiabbas, E., Mohanty, A. K., Pal, A., Rodriguez-Uribe, A., & Misra, M......

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Professor Manjusri Misra attended and presented at the annual Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference held from October 23rd to October 26th, 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Profesor Misra presented her works on “Plastic waste: challenges and opportunities for sustainable alternatives” and “Their Lightweight Sustainable Green Composite Materials from Advanced Biocarbons: A Path Forward to Circular BioEconomy”””...

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The Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CCEC) will be held on October 23-26, 2022. CCEC is the premier conference for chemical engineers. The mission of CCEC is to be your forum; a venue where you can embrace learning, exchange knowledge, build innovative ideas, advance your career, and advance the chemical engineering profession.Taking part in CCEC is an opportunity to grow, learn, connect, and celebrate all that Canadian chemical engineering has to offer.For more information on this conference, click here.   ...

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On October 4, 2022 a delegation from Embrapa, Brazil, visited the BDDC. The delegation consisted of: Dr. Guy de Capdevill (Embrapa, Director of Research and Innovation), Dr. Bruno dos Santos Alves Figueiredo Brasil (Superintendent of Strategy) and Dr. Alexandre Costa Varella (Coordinator of Embrapa Labex Program and representative in North America). The delegation was accompanied by Dr. Lucas Alcantara, Office of Research Manager, Research Centre Data.The tour of the BDDC was led by Professor Amar Mohanty and Professor Manjusri Misra.   ...

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