Dr. Amar K. Mohanty, Professor

Dr. Suresh S. Narine, Professor
Director, Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research, Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Lipid Derived Biomaterials, Ontario Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Engineering, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario

Biography:

As Director of Trent University’s Centre for Biomaterials Research, A-Team member, Dr. Suresh Narine has helped position the centre as one of the world’s leading research facilities of its kind. In February 2010, he was awarded a $1.25 million Ontario Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Engineering from the Council of Ontario Universities and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Then in November 2010, he was awarded a $3 million Senior Industrial Research Chair in Biomaterials by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). In 2011, Dr. Narine was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for being one of the country’s most innovative and visionary young leaders.

Internationally known as an expert in biomaterials, Dr. Narine’s work focuses on early to middle stage research that will use plant / seed oils to replace traditional polymers from non-renewable petrochemicals with more environmentally-friendly biomaterials. Concentrating on fats and oils, the lab uses chemistry and physics to turn renewable plant resources into specialized materials such as edible, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and industrial products. All this is done under a rubric of concern related to social and environmental impacts and business drivers.  Diverse issues such as not supplanting food crops with biofuel crops, sustainable water and land use, and using crop residues / minimizing crop wastes are considered by a multidisciplinary team of professors, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students and industry, agricultural and consumer stakeholders within the Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research.

Dr. Narine’s team, which he expects to grow to 35 positions, currently consists of an interdisciplinary team of chemists, physicists, environmental scientists, a GIS specialist, a philosophy professor, a psychology professor and a business administration professor  studying sustainable business models. The Trent Center for Biomaterials Research boasts patents for making zero trans-fat margarines and confections with significantly lower saturated fats, and using plant oils to make polyurethanes to replace petrochemicals that range from foams to seals and adhesives. Dr. Narine’s Biomaterials team has created  technology that produces superior, biodegradable lubricants such as engine oils from plant oils, and has also developed bio-based plastics that can be used for biomedical applications such as joint replacements and dental implants.   

Originally from Guyana, Dr. Narine completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at Trent University in Chemistry and Physics before obtaining his PhD in Food Science at the University of Guelph. After graduating he worked as a research scientist with M&M Mars before being recruited to the University of Alberta where he was appointed Alberta Value Added Corporation Research Chair at the age of 27. He was the founding director of the Alberta Lipid Utilization Research Program and established a commercial biodiesel production facility in the northwest district of Guyana. He continues to contribute to Guyana as the Director of the Institute of Applied Science and Technology and commutes to Guyana monthly as part of his responsibilities with Trent University.

A professor of physics and astronomy and chemistry at Trent University, Dr. Narine trains undergraduate and graduate students, and is setting up internships that will combine in-class and industry experience.  The recipient of numerous of awards, Dr. Narine is the co-editor of two textbooks in the area of lipid crystallization and has co-authored more than 100 scientific publications and patents. He has worked with such large multinational companies  as Archer Daniels Midland, PepsiCo, Bunge, Dupont, Bayer, Elevance Renewable Sciences, M&M Mars, Kraft Foods,  JRI Richardson, etc..
The new Ontario Biomaterials “A-Team”, assembled by Ontario Agri-Food Technologies and the Ontario Centres of Excellence, is a consortium of leading scientists, each with unique skills, expertise and world-class equipment in the development, processing and optimization of biomaterials. They’re the best choice for developing and processing novel and customized biomaterials.

“A-Team” members are eager to work cooperatively with each other and with industry. They are all globally recognized for their scientific expertise. They understand corporate needs - including speed of service, confidentiality and respect for corporate ownership or exclusive access to intellectual property.

 

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