Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Hon. Doctorate, PhD, P.Eng, FRSC (UK), FCAE

Director, Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing

Phone: 416-946-3191
Fax: 416-978-3834


Dr. Sain specializes in advanced nanocellulose technology, biocomposites and bio-nanocomposites at the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. He is also cross-appointed to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, along with his appointments as an adjunct professor of the University of Guelph and University of Lulea, Sweden, Honorary Professor at Slovak Technical University and the Institute of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto, and also collaborates with American and European research institutes and universities.

Prof. Sain is globally known for his pioneering work on Biocar Initiative and in 2009 issue of Toronto Life Magazine featured his idea as the second best among 25 World Changing Ideas from the Smartest Torontonians. Dr. Sain holds several awards; few recent ones are Plastic Innovation Award and KALEV PUGI Award for his innovation and contribution to Industry. Author of more than 400 papers and designated as a “hi-cited” researcher by Reuter Thompson, Prof. Sain hugely contributed to the society at large by translating research to commercialization. He has tens of patents and is world known for his expertise to transform research idea into commercialization. Until now he has done more than 30 technology transfers to industry and created new companies for making products ranging from packaging to automotive to building construction to packaging materials. Prof. Sain’s research activities are documented by global television networks, magazines and radio interviews.

He is also the co-author of the world’s first book on Cellulose nanocomposites, cellulose for electronic devices and has co-edited a number of books on renewable advanced materials. He is involved in many global strategic research policy developments, standardization, research funding strategic councils in advisory role. He is highly acclaimed engineering consultant in materials engineering and work with almost 100 companies worldwide.

Prof. Sain’s role as a pioneer in creating non-profit organizations that are highly meaningful for society at large. He is the founding member of Canadian natural Composite Association, Bio Auto Council and many more.  He has championed world’s WPC industry by actively perusing his vision of global important of this green and emerging industry. He chaired many of these global committees and helped nurturing this industry to over billion dollar market.

2023/24 Courses:

FOR423H1: Sustainable Materials Design and Manufacturing

FOR424H1: Innovation and Manufacturing of Sustainable Materials

FOR1288H: Design and Manufacturing of Biomaterials

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