Manjusri Misra

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Professor, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Biocomposites and Nano-Enhanced Biobased Materials
School of Engineering
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 ext. 58935
RICH 2511
Seeking academic or industry partnerships in the area(s) of: 
Development of bio-based nanocomposite formulations for packaging and 3D printing applications.
Available positions for grads/undergrads/postdoctoral fellows: 

Prof. Misra holds a joint appointment with the Department of Plant Agriculture in Ontario Agricultural College.


Nanon MECC Electrospinning Setup (for spinning nano and microfibres)

To learn more about the instrumentation at the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre:


The Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre is equipped to characterize the thermal and mechanical properties, the aerobic/anaerobic biodegradability and compostability, and the flammability of biomaterials. 

Education and Employment Background

Prof. Manjusri Misra received her PhD from Utkal University, India in 1988. After her PhD, she was a Senior Lecturer at Utkal University, and a Visiting Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University. She joined the University of Guelph in 2008 with a joint appointment between the School of Engineering and the Department of Plant Agriculture. She is currently serving as the Research Program Director of the Bioeconomy - Industrial Uses research theme within the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance (formerly OMAFRA-U of G agreement).

Research Themes

Misra’s current research focuses primarily on novel bio-based composites and nanocomposites from agricultural, forestry and waste resources for the sustainable development of eco-friendly alternatives to the existing petroleum-based products. These bio-based materials and nanomaterials can be used in automotive, packaging, consumer products and biomedical applications. Misra leads the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre alongside engineering/plant science professor Amar Mohanty. Many of her on-going projects are multidisciplinary, bridging engineering with materials science, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences. Her research focuses on the following major areas:

  1. Developing biocomposite and nanocomposite materials for a wide range of applications. These applications include packaging, auto-parts, electronic components, civil structures, consumer goods, and biomedical implants. These materials have a lower carbon footprint and are more sustainable and supportive of energy security.
  2. 3D printing of bio-based materials. This research is applicable for many sectors, including aerospace, automotive, concept modelling/prototyping, smart packaging and biomedical fields. 3D printing allows construction of highly complex designs and moving parts faster and without need for additional tooling and machinery. 
  3. Developing biodegradable polymeric materials. Such materials can replace single-use plastics such as packaging, consumer goods, and hygiene products. This research can help reduce the world’s plastic pollution which threatens ecosystems and the environment. 
  4. Using a co-product of biomass pyrolysis, biocarbon, as a filler or reinforcing agent in composites to process a new generation of bio-based materials. This research can reduce the carbon footprint of bio-based materials to a further extent as biocarbon is sustainable and has many beneficial qualities. 

Full List of Publications


  • Lead PI on the Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence Award of $3,800,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade to develop sustainable packaging solutions, 2019–2023
  • Appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry UK, 2019
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Synergy Award for “Partnership with Two or More Companies,” honouring outstanding team achievements of collaboration between academia and industry, 2018
  • Member of Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS), Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), Materials Research Society, Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), Bio-Environmental Polymer Society (BEPS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Society of Plastics Engineers, American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Received AIChE’s 2017 Andrew Chase Division Award in Chemical Engineering, recognizing an individual with significant chemical engineering contributions in the forest products and related industries.

Media Coverage

Awards and Recognitions:

Biocomposite Materials:

Developed Compostable Coffee Pods: