Cluster of Research Excellence in Biocomposites

Funded through UBC Eminence Program


This cluster brings together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the Materials and Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) with industry partners and government authorities to better understand and enhance the synthesis, processing, properties and compounding of bioplastic and bio-fibre materials and to produce innovative biocomposite products. The research will focus on the entire production supply chain, from biomass feedstock genetics and biocomposites manufacturing to multi-criterial performance assessment of the final product, including durability, end-of-life design and socio-economic impact.

Cluster Lead

Dr. Abbas Milani
Professor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan

 

Cluster Research Team

Dr. Michael Deyholos
Professor
Biology, UBC Okanagan
Dr. Kasun Hewage
Professor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Parisa Mehrkhodavandi
Professor
Chemistry, UBC Vancouver
Dr. Cigdem Eskicioglu
Professor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Sepideh Pakpour
Assistant Professor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan
Dr. Kevin Golovin
Assistant Professor
Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Frank Ko
Professor
Materials, UBC Vancouver
Dr. Wesley Zandberg
Assistant Professor
Chemistry, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Philip Evans
Professor
Forestry, UBC Vacnouver

 

Research Coordinator

Dr. Mahdi Takaffoli
Research Engineer
MMRI

 

Founding Partners