Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee included four Product Platform Leaders and four Research Theme Leaders. The Product Platform Leaders represented the interests of ArboraNano’s industrial partners by identifying the high-priority product development opportunities for their respective industrial sectors.  The Research Theme Leaders identified, within their own area of scientific specialization, the research activities that were required to attain the product development objectives identified by the Product Platform Leaders.

In addition to selecting and reviewing projects submitted to ArboraNano, the Scientific Committee played a role in the elaboration, review  and recommendation of Network technology policy and strategy, for consideration by the Board of Directors.  As well, the Scientific Committee conducted regular reviews regarding the balance and progress of the portfolio of projects sponsored by the Network.












The Product Platform Leaders are:

Vincent D’Arienzo (Aerospace) 
Vincent D’Arienzo is an aerospace engineer and the Chief, Materials & Process Engineering, for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada. D’Arienzo develops and ensures the application of products on aircraft at the Bell Helicopter facilities in Mirabel, Quebec and internationally. Vince deals regularly with quantitative and qualitative analysis, micro-mechanic analysis, quality control, R&D, production support, supplier integration, sub-contractor support, and customer support. He is also responsible for certain aspects of the Bell Helicopter R&D group, and he ensures that new technology is continuously being evaluated and developed for implementation.

Hamdy Khalil (Automotive)
Since 1994, Dr. Hamdy Khalil has been the Global Director of R&D and Product Development at Woodbridge Foam Corporation, Canada. Dr. Khalil’s research activities target the manufacture of “green” automotive parts using renewable resources such as plant-derived bio-polyols. The Woodbridge Group offers innovative foam technologies supplying several business sectors around the globe. Since its inception in 1978, the company has grown to over 8,000 employees with more than 60 facilities throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Richard Berry (Forestry)
Dr. Richard Berry is the manager of the FPInnovations Chemical Pulping Program and he has been the leader of the nanotechnology initiative at FPInnovations for the last several years. Dr. Berry is a key contributor to ArboraNano. His scientific accomplishments include work on the elimination of chlorinated dioxins and the development of a variety of bleaching technologies. Dr. Berry has overseen the industrial application of his numerous inventions. He recently received the prestigious 2009 Nano-industry award from NanoQuébec for his exceptional contribution to the development of Nanocrystalline Cellulose. The initiatives Dr. Berry has spearheaded in recent years have allowed Canada to position itself as a world leader in the development of this new nanotechnology industry.

John Davies (Medical)
Dr. John Davies is uniquely qualified for his position within ArboraNano. As a Professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. Davies is also cross-appointed to the Faculty of Engineering in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering and he is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Davies is the President and CEO of Tissue Regeneration Therapeutics, a Stem Cell company founded in 2004 that is the only stem cell company in Canada with revenue-generating activities. Davies has been described as a serial entrepreneur, having founded a number of companies over the years.

The Research Theme Leaders are: 

Derek Gray (Fundamentals)
Dr. Derek Gray has risen through the ranks to the top of the FPInnovations’ scientific ladder with a concurrent appointment in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University. In 2004, Dr. Gray transferred from FPInnovations to the Department of Chemistry at McGill University where he currently holds the Paprican/NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Cellulose Properties and Utilization. Discoveries from his research group have included the first reported formation of liquid crystalline cellulose derivatives, and the self-assembly of cellulose nanocrystals to give liquid crystalline suspensions. Gray’s work on cellulose was recognized by the Anselme Payen award of the American Chemical Society in 1994. His current efforts focus primarily on the preparation, properties and applications of nanocrystalline cellulose.

Musa Kamal (Processing)
Dr. Musa Kamal is Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at McGill University and an active member of CREPEC and AUTO 21. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of polymer processing. Dr. Kamal’s research covers injection and blow molding, film blowing and casting, polymeric nanocomposites and blends, computer simulation, thermal and rheological characterization, surface energy effects in processing, and more. He is recognized as the pioneer in “establishing the scientific basis for modeling of injection molding”. Kamal’s equation describing the kinetics of thermoset cure continues to be the equation of choice for thermoset applications in the automotive and aerospace industries. 

Mohini Sain (Composites) 
Dr. Mohini Sain is the Director of the Centre for Bio-composites and Biomaterials Processing, a Professor in the Faculty of Forestry, and is cross-appointed to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, all at the University of Toronto. His research areas include Nano Bio-Technology, Mass Production of Nano Fibre, Natural Fibre Composites for Building Construction and Automotive Applications, and much more. Dr. Sain is the recipient of one of the 2001 Industry-University Synergy Awards, and he also received the American Plastics Society award for Significant Industrial Contribution in 2002.

Patrice Mangin (Coatings)
Dr. Patrice Mangin is a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He is also the Director of the CIPP of Centre intégré en pâtes et papiers. Dr. Mangin’s Ph.D. in Process Engineering was obtained from l'Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble. He is a papermaking engineer by training, having obtained his degree from the École Française de Papeterie et des industries Graphiques in Grenoble.Dr. Mangin was a Group Leader at FPInnovations from 1978 to 1995, and the Director of the Centre Technique du Papier de Grenoble in Francefrom 1997 to 2002. 

ArboraNano was supported by the federal government through a Networks of Centers of Excellence program.
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