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. Dr. Misra’s research focuses primarily on novel bio-based composites and nanocomposites from agricultural and forestry resources for the sustainable bio-economy targeting the development of bio-based and eco-friendly alternatives to the existing petroleum-based products. She has authored more than 350 publications, including 230+ peer-reviewed journal papers, 16 book chapters, and 15 granted patents.
She was an editor of the CRC Press volume, "Natural Fibers, Biopolymers and Biocomposites," Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL (2005). She was also an editor of the Woodhead Publishing volume "Biocomposites: Design and Mechanical Performance" (2015); Springer Publishing "Polymer Nanocomposites" (2014); and American Scientific Publishers volume "Packaging Nanotechnology" (2009) .
She was the 2009 President of the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS). She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of a number of international scientific journals. In 2012, Dr. Misra received the prestigious "Jim Hammer Memorial Award" in Texas, USA from the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society.
Her current research is primarily focused on novel biobased materials from agricultural and forestry resources for the sustainable bio-economy; and application of nanotechnology in materials uses.