Research Program Coordinator
Muhammad Pervaiz has received his bachelor degree in chemical engineering from University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan in 1984. After graduating he was associated with Century Pulp and Paper Mills for about 15 years, mainly responsible for project management, plant installation, process/quality control and environmental control initiatives. He joined Prof. Mohini Sain’s research group at Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto in 2001, secured NSERC Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology, and completed his Master and PhD degree programs in 2003 and 2012 respectively. He joined Hartmann Canada, molded pulp packaging company, in 2003 as process engineer and was lead in R&D to improve quality and cost optimization. Since 2005, Dr. Pervaiz is associated with Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing (CBBP) as program coordinator and is responsible for developing research grant proposals and coordinating with industry partners on different projects. His research interests are related to industrial biocomposite and biomaterials manufacturing; developing lightweight cellulose-induced thermoplastic automotive prototypes in collaboration with OEMs and industrial research partners. Dr. Pervaiz is also closely associated with bio-nanotechnology, exploring novel applications of nanocellulose entities in paper manufacturing, packaging, mining and textile/rubber functionalizing. His other research work deals with value-added utilization of residual biomass through biorefinery initiatives and designing durability and climate risk assessment studies on engineered composite structures.