MSc in Bio-based Polymeric Materials and Engineering

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The Master of Science in Plant Agriculture is a full-time program based on coursework at the Ontario Agricultural College and research intense program conducted at the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, University of Guelph.

Location: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Entry Terms: Fall, Winter or Summer Semester
Deadlines: Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis
Degree Requirements: Masters degree requires Bachelors degree in Science

There are several openings for graduate students wishing to pursue a Graduate degree in the research areas listed below:

  • Biomedical Applications for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
  • 3D Printing of Bioplastics and Biocomposites
  • Bioplastics and Biobased Polymers
  • Biocomposites (Natural Fibre Composites) and Polymer Blends
  • Green Composites including recyclability, durability and biodegradability studies
  • Biobased Nanocomposites and Nanoblends
  • Biomass and Biomaterials Sustainability
  • Value-added Biobased Materials from the Coproducts/Byproducts of Biofuel Industries
  • Biodegradability (Compostability)

Research component of the graduate school requirements 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.

About BDDC

BDDC is a well-resourced facility, unique to Ontario, provides opportunity for companies, entrepreneurs, and research organizations to partner with university-based researchers toward development of commercial new biomaterials, bioplastics, biocomposites, biochemical and process technologies.

The BDDC is staffed by graduate and post-doctoral students working in the areas of polymer science, chemical engineering, advanced material science and applied microbiology.

Commercial application of research results is a guiding principle for the BDDC. Innovations coming from the BDDC help companies in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their environmental footprint.

Please send your pre-application package with the above documents to copying and with the subject heading “Graduate Studies in Plant Agriculture”

Professor Amar Mohanty

Professor Manjusri Misra

prof Mohanty prof Misra

Director, Bioproducts Discovery & Development Centre (BDDC)
Premier's Research Chair in Biomaterials & Transportation

University of Guelph Research Leadership Chair 
Professor, Department of Plant Agriculture & School of Engineering
University of Guelph; ON, Canada, N1G 2W1

Personal Department of Plant Agriculture Website:

Professor, Biological Engineering

School of Engineering
(Cross appointed: Department of Plant Agriculture)

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1

Personal Department of Plant Agriculture Website: