Amar Mohanty

Dr. Amar Mohanty
Professor of Bioproducts
Distinguished Research Excellence Chair in Sustainable Materials



519-824-4120 x56664


B.Sc. Utkal University;
M.Sc. Utkal University;
Ph.D. Utkal University


BDDC: Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre
Crop Science Building


422 CRSC

Fellow RSC (Canada), Fellow AIChE, Fellow SPE, Fellow RSC (UK) Fellow IIChE (India)
Distinguished Research Excellence Chair in Sustainable Materials
Director, Bioproducts Discovery & Development Centre (BDDC)
Professor of Bioproducts, Department of Plant Agriculture
Professor of Biological Engineering, School of Engineering

Editor in Chief of Sustainable Composites
@Composites Part C –Open Access (ELSEVIER)

Google Scholar profile can be found here
Citations (April 24, 2024): 57,472
h-index (April 24, 2024): 110
i10-index (April 24, 2024): 483

Phone number: 519 824-4120 ext: 56664
Location: Bioproducts Development and Discovery Centre, Crop Science Building, Room 422 CRSC

Brief Bio:

Amar Mohanty is a Full Professor & Distinguished Research Excellence Chair in Sustainable Materials and the Director of the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is a former Michigan State University Professor. He currently holds a Adjunct Professor position at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, USA and a Visiting Professor status at the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Prof. Mohanty is an international leader in the field of sustainable materials, bioplastics, biocomposites and advanced biorefinery. His research focuses on engineering value-added uses of biomass wastes, waste plastics and industrial co-products from agro-food and biofuel industries. Circular bioeconomy, environmental sustainability, waste plastic valorization, biodegradable plastics as single-use plastic alternatives, biocarbon based composites and 3D printing of sustainable materials are other areas of his expertise.

Prof. Mohanty is the Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Composites, Composites Part C -Open Access; an ELSEVIER journal.

He is a highly cited researcher with more than 850 publications to his credit, including 494 peer-reviewed journal papers, 70 patents (awarded/applied), 6 edited books, over 400 conference presentations and, 25 book chapters. 

Prof. Mohanty is a Fellow of: (i) the Royal Society of Canada, (ii) the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, (iii) the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), (iv) the Society of Plastic Engineers.

Prof. Mohanty has received many awards, including the (i) Miroslaw Romanowski Medal from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), (ii) JL White Innovation Award from the international Polymer Processing Society (PPS), (iii) Synergy Award for Innovation from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), (iv) Andrew Chase Forest Products Division Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and (v) the Lifetime Achievement Award from the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS), USA.

International Affiliations

- Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, State University of New York, USA (2023 – 2026)

- Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Portsmouth, UK (2023 – 2026)

External Links:

Amar Mohanty | Bioproducts Discovery & Development Centre

Amar Mohanty | College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

OAC Distinguished Research Chair in Sustainable Biomaterials
Dr. Mohanty has a joint appointment in the School of Engineering, University of Guelph

Research Interests:

  • Sustainable Materials
  • Bioeconomy and Circular Economy
  • Light-weight sustainable composites for Automotive Parts
  • Thermally Stable and Lightweight Electric Vehicle Parts with reduced to zero flammability
  • Pyrolysis of waste biomass, Non-recyclable Waste Plastics and Biocarbon based Composites
  • Biodegradable Plastics and Bioplastics
  • Ecofriendly Flame Retardants
  • Sustainable and Green Biodegradable Packaging
  • Single-use Plastic Alternatives


Funded Graduate Opportunities available in my research group – M.Sc. in Plant Agriculture*

For entry in the M.Sc. program, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree Science.

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please see the chart for acceptable tests and required scores.

For more information on how to apply*, please contact me by e mail: (link sends e-mail) with a copy to (link sends e-mail)

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 not guarantee acceptance for graduate studies.

*Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Click here for more details on these MSc opportunities with Dr. Mohanty.


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Selected Publications:

Jahangiri, F., Mohanty, A. K., & Misra, M. (2024). "Sustainable biodegradable coatings for food packaging: challenges and opportunities."Green Chem., Advance

Hassan, M., Mohanty, A.K., & Misra,M. (2024). "Additive manufacturing of a super toughened biodegradable polymer blend: Structure–Property-Processing correlation and 3D printed prosthetic part development." ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2024, 6, 7, 3849–3863.

Weldekidan, H., Mohanty, A. K., Drzal, L. T., & Misra, M. (2024). "Graphene-containing biocarbon from burlap waste: property comparison with commercial grade graphene nanoplatelets." Carbon Trends, 15, 100336.

Mohanty, A. K., Vivekanandhan, S., Das, O., M, R. M. L., Klinghoffer, N. B., Nzihou, A., & Misra, M. (2024)."Biocarbon materials." Nat Rev Methods Primers 4, 19.

Pesaranhajiabbas E, Mohanty AK, Al-Abdul-Wahid MS, Misra M. "A new approach for grafting plasticized cellulose acetate biodegradable plastic with maleic anhydride: Processing and characterization." SPE Polym. 2024; 1-11.

Hassan, M., Mohanty, A. K., & Misra, M. (2023). "3D Printing in Upcycling Plastic and Biomass Waste to Sustainable Polymer Blends and Composites: A Review". Materials & Design, 237, 112558.

Itabana, B.E., Pal, A.K., Mohanty, A.K., Misra, M. (2023). “Biodegradable blown film composite from poly (butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) and talc: Effect of uniaxial stretching on mechanical and barrier properties”. Food Packaging and Shelf Life, 39, 101147.

Mohanty, A.K., Vivekanandhan, S., Tripathi, N., Roy, P., Snowdon, M., Drzal, L.T., Misra, M. (2023). “Sustainable Composites for Lightweight and Flame Retardant Parts for Electric Vehicles to Boost Climate Benefits: A Perspective”. Composites Part C: Open Access, 12, 100380.

Roy, P., Mohanty, A.K., Dick, P., Misra, M. (2023). "A review on challenges and choices for food waste valorization: Environmental and economic impacts".ACS Environmental Au, 3, 58-75.

Mohanty, A.K., Wu, F., Mincheva, R., Hakkarainen, M., Raquez., JM., Mielewski, D.F., Narayan, R., Netravali, A.N., Misra, M. (2022). “Sustainable Polymers”.Nature Reviews Methods Primers, 2(1), 46.

Mohanty, A. K., Vivekanandhan, S., Pin, J. M., & Misra, M. (2018). Composites from renewable and sustainable resources: Challenges and innovations. Science, 362(6414), 536-542.

Lewis, R., Weldekidan, H., Rodriguez, A.U., Mohanty, A.K., Mielewski, D.F., Misra, M. (2023). "Design and Engineering of Sustainable Biocomposites from Ocean-Recycled Polypropylene-based Polyolefins and Almond Shell and hull." Composites Part C: Open Access, 100373. (In Press).

Das, O., Mensah, R.A., Balasubramanian, K.B.N., Shanmugam, V., Försth, M., Hedenqvist, M.S., Rantuch, P., Martinka, J., Jiang, L., Xu, Q., Neisiany, R.E., Lin, C., Mohanty, A., Misra, M. (2023). "Functionalised biochar in biocomposites: The effect of fire retardants, bioplastics and processing methods". Composites Part C: Open Access, 11, 100368.

Mohanty, A., Wu, F., Mincheva, R., Hakkarainen, M., Raquez, J.M., Mielewski, D.F., Narayan, R., Netravali, A.N. & Misra, M. (2022). "Sustainable polymers". Nature Reviews Methods Primers, 2(1), 1-27.

Arshad, M., Mohanty, A., Van Acker, R., Riddle, R., Todd, J., Khalil, H., Misra, M. (2022). "Valorization of camelina oil to biobased materials and biofuels for new industrial uses: a review". RSC Advances, 2022, 12, 27230-27245. 

Ford, R., Pal, A., Scott, B., Misra, M., Mohanty, A. K. (2022). "The influence of fused filament fabrication printing parameters on the mechanical properties of a thermoplastic elastomer". Rapid Prototyping Journal, 28(10), 1906-1919.

Roy, P., Mohanty, A. K., & Misra. M. (2022). "Microplastics in the ecosystems: Their implications and mitigation pathway". Environmental Sciences Advances, 2022 (1), 9-29. 

Roy, P., Ashton, L., Wang, T., Corrandini, M. G., Fraser, E. D. G., Thimmanagari, M., Tiessan, M., Bali, A., Saharan, K. M., Mohanty, A. K., & Misra, M. (2021). "Evolution of drinking straws and their environmental, economic and societal implications". Journal of Cleaner Production, 128234. 

Meereboer, K., Pal, A., Cisneros-Lopez, E., Misra, M., & Mohanty, A.K. (2021). "The Effect of Natural Fillers on the Marine Biodegradation Behaviour of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV)". Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-11. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-78122-7.

Meereboer, K., Misra, M., & Mohanty, A.K. (2020). "Review of Recent Advances on Biodegradability of Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Bioplastics and their Green Composites". Green Chemistry, 22 (17), 5519-5558. DOI: 10.1039/D0GC01647K.

Gonzalez de Gortari, M., Rodriguez-Uribe, A.,  Misra, M., & Mohanty, A.K. (2020). "Insights on the structure-performance relationship of polyphthalamide (PPA) composites reinforced with high-temperature produced biocarbon". RSC Advances, 10, 26917-26927. DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03629C.

Wu, F., Misra, M., and Mohanty, A.K. (2019) "Novel Tunable Super-Tough Material from Biodegradable Polymer Blends: Nano-structuring through Reactive Extrusion". RSC Advances, 9, 2836-2847. DOI:10.1039/c8ra09596e.

Mohanty, A.K., Vivekanandhan, S., Pin, J. M., & Misra, M. (2018). Composites from renewable and sustainable resources: Challenges and innovations. Science, 362(6414), 536-542. DOI:10.1126/science.aat9072.

Pin, J.-M, Behazin, E., Misra, M., & Mohanty, A.K. (2018). Stereodynamic insight of the thermal history effect on poly(vinyl chloride) calorimetric sub-glass and glass transitions as fragile glass model. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2018, 20, 16333-16346. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP00755A.

Nagarajan, V., Mohanty, A.K., & Misra, M. (2016). Perspective on polylactic acid (PLA) based sustainable materials for durable applications: Focus on toughness and heat resistance. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4(6), 2899-2916. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b00321.

Reddy, M.M., S. Vivekanandhan, M. Misra, S.K. Bhatia and A.K. Mohanty. (2013). Biobased plastics and bionanocomposites: Current Status and Future Opportunities. Progress in Polymer Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2013.05.006.

Mohanty, A.K., M. Misra and G. Hinrichsen. 2000. Biofibres, biodegradable polymers and biocomposites: an overview. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1439-2054(20000301)276:1<1::AID-MAME1>3.0.CO;2-W.

For a complete list of publications please visit the Bioproducts Discovery & Development website: