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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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The Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) 2022 event will be hosted by SPE on September 7-9, 2022. It is designed for attendees to learn about how the automotive and transportation industries are advancing with composites playing a key role in the development of electric vehicles and sustainability initiatives worldwide.  Lightweight composites are ideal materials for improving vehicle performance, reducing mass, extending range and compensating for battery weight.  Polymer composites are enabling lower emission vehicles, reducing the carbon footprint and saving energy to benefit the environment now and in the future.  Thermoset and thermoplastic composites are the key to EV, Mobility and Sustainability. In addition to the new category on Composites in Electric Vehicles, the presentations are organized into the following categories:  Thermoplastic Composites; Thermoset Composites; Modeling; Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing; Enabling Technologies; Sustainable Composites; Bonding, Joining & Finishing; Carbon Composites; and Business Trends/Technology Solutions. To read more about this event, click here.   ...

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On July 18, 2022 Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament, Secretary to the Prime Minister and President of the Treasury Board visited the BDDC. He was accompanied by Valerie Bradford, Economic Development Professional for the City of Kitchener, and Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph. Also present were: Melissa McDonald the Director of Government Relations at the University of Guelph, Rene Van Acker the Dean of the OAC and Eric Lyons the Department Head of Plant Agriculture.The tour of the BDDC was led by Professors Amar Mohanty and Professor Manjusri Misra.    ...

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On Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Nuffield Scholars visited the BDDC. The group of ten scholars consisted of: Andrew Rolfe, Carlos Zegwaard, Brian McCarthy, Andrew McKillop, Charles Downie, Alex Eivers, Michael Cains, Lucy Collins, Friedrich Bolten and Elisa Blanco.Professor Manjusri Misra and Professor Amar Mohanty provided an overview of key BDDC research activities and accomplishments and Dr. Michael Snowdon led the tour at the BDDC facility.   ...

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Coffee grounds used to develop biocomposites a step towards environmental sustainability.Dr. Manjusri Misra and Dr. Amar Mohanty set out to produce biocarbon from used coffee grounds. They then tried to use this biocarbon, along with a blend of recycled PET and LLDPE, to develop sustainable biocomposites. The team collected spent coffee grounds from the U of G campus and used pyrolysis to convert them to biocarbon.Next, the team made plastic pellets from water bottles from a grocery store. They mixed the pellets as well as bale wrap they collected from a local farmer at a ratio of 80 to 20 to fabricate a plastic blend. Four different biocomposites were created by mixing the fabricated blend with five, 10, 15 or 20 per cent of biocarbon. These biocomposites were then evaluated for their strength, morphology, dimensional stability, and thermal behavior in the temperature range between -50 degrees Celsius and 850 degrees Celsius.They found that the incorporation of five per cent biocarbon obtained at 500 degrees Celsius and 10 per cent biocarbon at 900 degrees Celsius produced a biocomposite that demonstrated balanced strength, stiffness, and flexibility properties and suitable melt flow behavior – most promising for rigid packaging and 3D printing applications.“We successfully created biocomposites composed of 95 per cent sustainable input materials, displacing the fossil-based resources,” says Misra. “Furthermore, our biocomposites are potential candidates for industrial uses such as packaging and additive manufacturing. This new research to utilize recycled waste materials to produce biocomposites would be a significant step towards reducing our environmental footprint and achieving the global sustainable development goals.”To see the original UofG - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Featured news article click here.   ...

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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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Prof. Mohanty was interviewed for the article published by the Times of India titled "Honoured to be able to foster world-class education in state". The article discusses the future of bioplastics, how his research can address that, and his connection to Odisha. Further, it discusses Prof. Mohanty's Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence for 2019.To read the article, click here. Also see the attached PDF of the article below. Click here to see the University of Guelph's news post.    ...

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ICSIS-2022 provides an opportunity to all participants, especially young budding engineers and researchers to interact and share ideas related to the innovation and smart technologies so that the latest engineering applications and technologies influence the community. This conference occurred on May 6-7, 2022. Prof. Misra presented her research on May 7, 2022 regarding "Plastic waste challenges to sustainable materials through a global circular economy approach". To read more about this event, click here.   ...

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A group of 38 high school students in Grade 11 International Baccalaureate (IB) program and 5 teachers from the Toronto Montessori School visited BDDC and toured the labs.  The visit and the tour were led by Dr. Michael Snowdon with support from Dr. Milka Popov.  A group of 38 high school students in Grade 11 International Baccalaureate (IB) program and 5 teachers from the Toronto Montessori School visited BDDC and toured the labs.  The visit and the tour were led by Dr. Michael Snowdon with support from Dr. Milka Popov.  ...

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