Principal Investigator

Dr. Amar Mohanty

University of Guelph

Dr. Mohanty is the Director of the Bioproducts Discovery & Development Centre (BDDC) at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is an international leader in the field of bioplastics, biobased materials and biorefinery with a focus in engineering new sustainable materials.

Researcher Profile

Email: mohanty@uoguelph.ca  |  Phone: 1 (519) 824-4120 x 56664

Co-Investigators

Dr. Franco Berruti

Director General, Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources

Dr. Berruti is the Director General of the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) at Western University in London, Ontario. He is an accomplished researcher with expertise is gas-solid fluidized bed reaction and reactor technologies applied to thermal cracking processes for agricultural, forestry and industrial residues. He is the co-inventor of a mobile biomass pyrolysis process for agricultural and forestry residues commercialized by Agri-Therm Inc.

Researcher Profile

Email: fberruti@uwo.ca  |  Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 8877

Dr. Fantahun Defersha

Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, University of Guelph

Dr. Fantahun Defersha is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, University of Guelph. His research interests are in manufacturing system analysis, flexible and cellular manufacturing systems, reconfigurable machine tools and reconfigurable manufacturing systems, part sequencing and scheduling, production and inventory planning, productivity and cost analysis, supply chain modeling and simulation, reverse logistics and remanufacturing systems analysis, artificial intelligence and meta-heuristics, development of hybrid heuristics for multi-objective optimization problems by combining analytical methods such as simplex algorithm and Lagrangian relaxation with search methods including genetic algorithm and simulated annealing, and the applications of parallel computing in those areas mentioned above.

Researcher Profile

Email: fdefersh@uoguelph.ca   |   Tel: 519-824-4120 ext. 56512

Dr. Stefano Gregori

Associate Professor, School of EngineeringUniversity of Guelph

His current research interests are in the design, analysis, and characterization of integrated circuits, interfaces, and sensors with analog and digital applications. His research aims at the development of low-power integrated nano-scale systems for reconfigurable multi-standard terminals, energy harvesters, power microconverters, and sensors.

Researcher Profile

Email: sgregori@uoguelph.ca  |  Phone: 519 824-4120 ext:56191

Dr. Manjusri Misra

Professor, School of Engineering, University of Guelph

Dr. Misra’s current research focuses primarily on novel bio-based composites from agricultural and forestry resources for the sustainable bio-economy targeting the development of bio-based and eco-friendly alternatives to the existing petroleum-based products.

Researcher Profile

Email: mmisra@uoguelph.ca  |  Phone: 1 (519) 824-4120 x 56766

Dr. Sudip Rakshit

Professor, Chemical Enginnering, Canada Research Chair

Dr. Rakshit has considerable experience in the area of utilization of lignocellulosic residues for the production of bioethanol and renewable chemicals. He was part of a team which was involved in setting up a pilot plant for the ethanol from agricultural residues like rice straw, wheat straw and sugar cane bagasse. As the Vice President Research of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), a graduate school, among other initiatives he created a Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Development in the context of Climate Change.

Researcher Profile

Email: srakshit@lakeheadu.ca  |  Phone: (807) 343-8415

Dr. Mohini Sain

Dean and Professor of Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

Dr. Sain is the Dean and Professor of Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto.  He is also cross-appointed to the Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto since 2001. He is the recipient of many Industry-University Awards for his significant academic and industrial contribution to the development of biocomposites and commercialization activities. His areas of research include nano bio-technology, natural fiber composites, and mass production of nano fiber.

Researcher Profile

Email: m.sain@utoronto.ca  |  Phone: 1 (416) 946-3191

Dr. Alfons Weersink

Professor, Agri-environmental Policy, Farm Structure and Production Economics

Dr. Alfons Weersink, Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Guelph. His research interests include Agri-environmental Policy, Farm Structure and Production Economics, has been working on the evaluation of economic, environmental and land-use impacts of green policies on the agri-food sector. His research areas are agri-environmental policy, farm structure, and production economics.

Researcher Profile

Email: aweersin@uoguelph.ca  |  Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 52766

Project Management

Dr. Milka Popov

Research Project Manager, University of Guelph

Email: mpopov@uoguelph.ca  |  Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 56602

Mr. Shaun Wilson

Manager, Research Financial Services, University of Guelph

Email: shaun.wilson@uoguelph.ca  |  Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 58770