Manjusri Misra, PhD

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Professor & Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1 in Sustainable Biocomposites, Fellow RSC(UK), Fellow AIChE, Fellow SPE
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 ext: 58935
Room 2511

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Brief Bio

Dr. Manju Misra is a professor in the School of Engineering and holds a joint appointment in the Dept. of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. As well, she is the Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1 in Sustainable Biocomposites from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Research Program Director of the Plant – Technology Panel for the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance a program between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the University of Guelph. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE). Dr. Misra’s current research focuses primarily on novel bio-based composites and nanocomposites from agricultural, forestry, and recycled resources for the sustainable bio-economy moving towards Circular Economy. She has authored more than 700 publications, including 398 peer-reviewed journal papers, 21 book chapters, and 53 patents. She was an editor of the CRC Press volume, “Natural Fibers, Biopolymers and Biocomposites,” Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL (2005); American Scientific Publishers volume “Packaging Nanotechnology”, Valencia, California (2009); “Polymer Nanocomposites”, Springer (2014) and “Fiber Technology for Fiber-Reinforced Composites”, Woodhead Publishing (2017). She was the chief editor of “Biocomposites: Design and Mechanical Performance” Woodhead Publishing (2015). She was the President of the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS) in 2009. She serves on the editorial boards of “Journal of Applied Polymer Science”, “Composites Part A: Science and Manufacturing”, “Polymer Testing”, “Macromolecular Materials and Engineering”, "ACS Omega", and “Composites Part C: Open Access”. In 2012, Dr. Misra received the prestigious “Jim Hammar Memorial Award” from BEPS and the University of Guelph’s Innovation of the year award in 2016 for the involvement in developing the “Compostable single-serve coffee pods”. In 2017, Professor Misra has also received the Andrew Chase Division Award in Chemical Engineering from the Forest Bioproducts Division of AIChE. In 2019, Professor Misra was awarded the Woman of Distinction on Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) from the Guelph YWCA-YMCA. In 2020, Prof. Misra was recognized as one of Canada's Most Power Women in the Manulife Science and Technology category from the Women Executive Network (WXN), Canada, and received the CEPS Undergraduate Supervision Award from the University of Guelph. Link to  Prof. Misra's Google Scholar.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Research Interests

  • Bio-Based New Materials
  • Green Nanotechnology
  • Polymer Nanotechnology
  • Nanostructured Materials & Devices
  • Nano Particles & Applications
  • Pyrolysis of Biomass and Characterization of Biocarbon for Composite Applications
  • Surface treatment of micro and nanofibers and fiber-matrix adhesion
  • Nanobiocomposites from carbon nanotubes, alumina nanowhisker, silver nanoparticles, and cellulose nanofibers
  • Electrospinning processing
  • 3D Printing of Biobased Materials
  • Nanobio materials & tissue engineering
  • Bio-based polymers (Polylactides-PLA, Polyhydroxyalkanoates-PHAs, Cellulose plastics, Soy protein plastics, Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles-DDGS plastics, lignin plastics, poly(trimethylene terephthalate)-Sorona™ Polymer), their blends, composites and nanocomposites
  • Biocomposites from flax, hemp, kenaf, jute, sisal, henequen, cellulose, bamboo, corn stalk, soy stalk, wheat straw, talc and fly ash
  • Functionalized plant oils
  • Biobased Polyesters and their Composites
  • Biobased Epoxies and their Composites
  • Reactive extrusion processing
  • Extrusion and injection molding of biocomposites
  • Multilayer injection molding
  • Biocomposite sheet molding compounds
  • Biocomposite powder processing (BioSMC)
  • Microwave processing of biocomposites
  • Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) of biocomposites
  • Novel materials derived from starch and chitosan



Undergraduate Courses
  • ENGG*2120 Material Science
  • ENGG*2660 Biological Engineering
Graduate Courses
  • ENGG*6130 Physical Properties of Biomaterials


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Complete List of Publications

Top 15 Most Cited Publications (ref. Google Scholar Citations, January 5, 2021)
  1. Mohanty, A.K., Misra, M., & Hinrichsen, G. (2000). “Biofibres, biodegradable polymers and biocomposites: an overview”. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 276(1), 1-24. Cited by 3150.
  2. Mohanty, A.K., Misra, M., & Drzal, L.T. (2002). “Sustainable bio-composites from renewable resources: opportunities and challenges in the green materials world”. Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 10(1-2), 19-26.  Cited by 2213.
  3. Mohanty, A.K., Misra, M., & Drzal, L.T. (2005). “Natural Fibers, Biopolymers and Biocomposites”. CRC Press. Cited by 2092.
  4. Mohanty, A.K., Misra, M., & Drzal, L.T. (2001). “Surface modifications of natural fibers and performance of the resulting biocomposites: an overview”. Composite Interfaces, 8(5), 313-343. Cited by 975.
  5. Mishra, S., Mohanty, A.K., Drzal, L.T., Misra, M., Parija, S., Nayak, S. K., & Tripathy, S.S. (2003). “Studies on mechanical performance of biofibre/glass reinforced polyester hybrid composites”. Composites Science and Technology, 63(10), 1377-1385. Cited by 845.
  6. Reddy, M.M., Vivekanandhan, S., Misra, M., Bhatia, S. K., & Mohanty, A.K. (2013). “Biobased plastics and bionanocomposites: Current status and future opportunities”. Progress in Polymer Science, 38(10), 1653-1689. Cited by 773.
  7. Sgriccia, N., Hawley, M. C., & Misra, M. (2008). “Characterization of natural fiber surfaces and natural fiber composites”. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 39(10), 1632-1637. Cited by 730.
  8. Huda, M.S., Drzal, L.T., Mohanty, A.K., & Misra, M. (2008). “Effect of fiber surface-treatments on the properties of laminated biocomposites from poly (lactic acid) (PLA) and kenaf fibers”. Composites Science and Technology,68(2), 424-432. Cited by 658.
  9. Rout, J., Misra, M., Tripathy, S.S., Nayak, S.K., & Mohanty, A.K. (2001). “The influence of fibre treatment on the performance of coir-polyester composites”. Composites Science and Technology, 61(9), 1303-1310. Cited by 553.
  10. Huda, M.S., Drzal, L.T., Mohanty, A.K., & Misra, M. (2006). “Chopped glass and recycled newspaper as reinforcement fibers in injection molded poly (lactic acid) (PLA) composites: a comparative study”. Composites Science and Technology, 66(11), 1813-1824. Cited by 480.
  11. Zampaloni, M., Pourboghrat, F., Yankovich, S.A., Rodgers, B.N., Moore, J., Drzal, L.T., Mohanty, A.K., & Misra, M. (2007). “Kenaf natural fiber reinforced polypropylene composites: a discussion on manufacturing problems and solutions”. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 38(6), 1569-1580. Cited by 480.
  12. Mishra, S., Mohanty, A.K., Drzal, L.T., Misra, M., & Hinrichsen, G. (2004). “A review on pineapple leaf fibers, sisal fibers and their biocomposites”. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 289(11), 955-974. Cited by 358.
  13. 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. Cited by 341.
  14. Liu, W., Misra, M., Askeland, P., Drzal, L.T., & Mohanty, A.K. (2005). “‘Green’ composites from soy based plastic and pineapple leaf fiber: fabrication and properties evaluation”. Polymer, 46(8), 2710-2721. Cited by 327.
  15. Huda, M., Drzal, L., Misra, M., & Mohanty, A. (2006). “Wood‐fiber‐reinforced poly(lactic acid) composites: Evaluation of the physicomechanical and morphological properties”. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 102(5), 4856-4869. Cited by 324.



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Ph.D. and M.A.Sc. Student Openings in Biological Engineering with Funding

Funded Graduate Opportunities available in my research group - Ph.D. and M.A.Sc in Biological Engineering*

This graduate opportunity is for graduate students pursuing a degree in Biological Engineering for the following research areas in my team.

  • 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 Nano blends
  • Biomedical Applications for Bioplastics and Biocomposites
  • Biomass and Biomaterials Sustainability
  • Value-added Biobased Materials from the Coproducts/Byproducts of Biofuel Industries
  • Biodegradability (Compostability)

For entry into the Ph.D. Biological Engineering program, candidates must hold a thesis-based Master’s degree in engineering.

For entry in the M.A.Sc. programs, candidates must hold an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or 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. Please refer to the School of Engineering website for department requirements.

For more information on how to apply, please contact me by email: with a copy to

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.