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Dr. Ramani Narayan, is University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. He has 200+ refereed publications in leading journals, 32 issued patents, and edited three books in the area of environmentally responsible biobased materials [h-index 51; i10-index 143, 12,248 citations Google Scholar]. He has graduated 22 Ph.D and 23 Master’s students at MSU.

He is a Fellow of U.S. National Academy of Inventors & Fellow of ASTM International; and amongst many honors and award are ASTM award of merit, the highest society award; DuPont’s Packaging Award for excellence in Innovation & Sustainability with the Coca Cola Plant bottle team; Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award & State of Michigan Governor’s University Award for Commercialization Excellence; Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship Chair in Science & Technology Management & Commercialization; MSU Withrow Distinguished Scholar (Engineering) & University Distinguished Faculty award.

He is the founding Chair of the committee on Environmentally Degradable Plastics and Biobased Products (D20.96). As Chair, he worked to develop Specification Standards for biobased and biodegradable-compostable plastics like D6400, D6868, D68666. He also serves as USA technical expert to ISO (International Standards Organization) TC 61 on Plastics, and specifically on SC 14 subcommittee on "Environmental Aspects", including convener of WG 3 on BioBased Plastics. He is scientific advisor to the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), USDA BioPreferred Program; European certification organizations, and other NGOs.

Professor Narayan has been instrumental in commercializing biobased and compostable plastics technologies --  Polylactide (Ingeotm) technology development and engineering scale-up studies for NatureWorks  – 150 kton production facility for PLA, the world’s foremost 100% biobased and biodegradable-compostable polymer material; Advanced PLA-biopolyester hybrid resin materials for biobased and biodegradable films under National Science Foundation STTR Phase I &II award with Natur-Tec/Northern Technologies International (NASDAQ: NTIC); www.natur-tec.com; Founding member of EcoSynthetix Inc.; (www.ecosynthetix.com) which is developing environmentally responsive biobased materials, and trading on the Canadian Stock Exchange (TSE:ECO). He developed Biofoam sheet technology for cushion packaging and insulation material marketed under the trade name GreenCell Foam by KTM Industries (www.ktmindustries.com).

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