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Amar K. Mohanty

Amar K. Mohanty

Professor and Premier's Research Chair in Biomaterials & Transportation
University of Guelph
Canada

Biography

Dr. Amar K Mohanty, a Full Professor and Premier’s Research Chair in Biomaterials and Transportation is the Director of Bioproducts Discovery & Development Centre at University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is an international leader in the field of bioplastics, biobased materials and advanced biorefining with a focus in engineering new sustainable materials. He has more than 500 publications to his credit including 260 peer-reviewed journal papers, 25 patents (granted/filed), several conference presentation, 15 book chapters and three edited books - his total citations being 13,827 with h-index of 56. He was the recipient of the Andrew Chase Forest Products Division Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and Jim Hammer Memorial Service Award from the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society. His R&D excellence has helped in developing a number of industrial products and recently his research innovations have brought three biobased products to the market place.

Research Interest

Biomaterials Natural Fiber Composites and All Green Composites Nanostructure Controlled Bioplastics and Hyperbranched Polymers Nanocomposites (Polymer-clay and Polymer-Carbon Nanotubes) and Nanoblends Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes and Clays Renewable Resourse-based Biodegradable polymers (Polylactides, Polyhydroxyalkanoates, Cellulose esters and Starch plastics) Petroleum-based Biodegradable Polymers (Aliphatic Polyesters and Aliphatic-aromatic Copolyesters) Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (SoronaT) based Composites, Blends and Nanocomposites Reactive extrusion, Injection Molding, Thermoforming and Co-Injection Molding Soy-based Bioplastics (Soy oil-based Thermoset Resins and Soy Protein-based Thermoplastic) Polyols from Plant Oils and Biobased Polyurethanes Biobased Polyesters/Epoxies and their biomaterials Biodegradable Polymers and Sustainable Packaging Biofuels, Biorefinery and Sustainability Value-added Applications of Downstream Co-products from Dry-milling Corn Ethanol Industries e.g. Distillers' Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) and Carbon Dioxide as Biocomposites, Bioadhesives and Biochemicals Value-added Applications of Corn Gluten Meal (Co-product from Wet-milling Corn ethanol Industries) as Biodegradable Plastics and Biocomposites Value-added Applications of Coproducts from Soy Biodiesel Industries e.g. Soy meal and Glycerol as Biodegradable Plastic, Biocomposites and Biochemicals New Uses of Lignin and Residual Biomass from Cellulosic Ethanol in Value-added Applications Pretreatment of Biomasses for Biofuels Sustainability Issues of Biofuel Industries and Biorefinery