The 15th International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites and Biorefining (ISBBB) took place from July 24 - 27, 2018 at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre. The event was attended by over 300 delegates from 25 countries. Participation representation was from academia, industry, and the government sector, with a high rate of participation from trainees.
The judges for this year's poster awards competition were Prof. Srikanth Pilla from Clemson University, USA; Prof. Nandika D'Souza from the University of North Texas, USA; and Dr. Jaya Shankar Tumuluru from Idaho National Laboratory, USA.
The poster competition was split into three separate categories: Undergraduate, Graduate (Masters, PhD), and Senior Researchers (Post-Doc, Professors, etc.).
The following prizes were awarded to presenters in each category:
First Place: Ximing Li, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Synthesis of highly fluorescent carbon dots using trans-aconitic acid and diethylenetriamine
Second Place: Xuning Zhang, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Fabrication of Graphite/Cellulose Composite Paper as Flexible Electrode
Third Place: Alexandra Ball, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada
En route to biographite oxide production
First Place: Caihua Shi, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada
Encapsulation and Triggered Release of Aldehydes from Their Imidazolidine Precursors for Shelf-life Extension of Fruits
Second Place: Muhammad Safder, University of Alberta, SC, USA
Synthesis and Characterization of lipid based biopolymers and bionanocomposites from poultry industry by-product
Third Place: Ewomazino Ojogbo, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Hydrophobic Starch-Laurate Graft Polymers: Synthesis, and Structure – Property Correlations
First Place: Sonil Nanda, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Fuel gas production from pellets made of agricultural residues
Second Place: Zhihui Yi, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Fluorescent Carbon Dots
Third Place: Yaseen Elkasabi, USDA-ARS, USA
Sustainable chemicals and products from fast pyrolysis bio-oils