News

November 6, 2014

The Bark Biorefinery project holds its 3rd Annual Research Meeting.

September 10, 2014

Congratulations to Professor Ning Yan on being awarded the Chair in Value Added Wood and Composite in the Faculty of Forestry effective July 1, 2014.


August 14, 2014

The Bark Biorefinery Project held a workshop for Science Unlimited @uToronto high school students.

For more information, please see short slideshow here.


July 24, 2014

The Bark Biorefinery Project held a workshop for the Summer Mentorship Program for 60 high school students. For more information click here to view the slideshow.

For more information, please see short slideshow here.


June 18, 2014

Congratulations to PeiYu Kuo (of Professor Yan's lab and of Professor Sain's lab) for receiving the 1st place prize for the best poster presentation at the 2014 Network for Innovative Plastic Material and Manufacturing Processes (NIPMMP) Conference in Toronto, Ontario.

June 10, 2014

In collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry, volunteers from the Bark Biorefinery Project held an interactive workshop on different types of materials (metal, plastic and wood) for Junior and Senior Kindergarten students from the Da Vinci School.

For more information, please see short slideshow here.


November, 2013

“Synthesis and Characterization of Phenol Formaldehyde Novolac Resin Derived from Liquefied Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Lodgepole Pine Barks” is a feature article as highlighted in Macromolecular Reaction Engineering journal cover page (volume 7, issue 11).

For more information, please refer to the journal website here.


October 19, 2013

To showcase the project to high school students, the Bark Biorefinery project, in collaboration with Faculty of Forestry, participates in University of Toronto’s Fall Campus Day 2013.


Summer 2013

“Bio-based Phenol Formaldehyde (PF) Resins Derived from Beetle Infested Pine Barks - Structure and Composition” is one of the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering journal's Top 20 most downloaded articles over the last 12 months.

For more information, please see the press release here.


August 22, 2013

Bark Biorefinery project, in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry, holds a workshop for Science Unlimited @utoronto, for roughly 10 campers (ages 15).

For more information, please see short slideshow here.


August 14, 2013

Bark Biorefinery project, in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry, holds a workshop for Camp UofT Mini-University Science program, for roughly 20 campers (ages 9 to 12).

For more information, please see short slideshow here.


July 2013

Congratulations to Muhammad Ferhan (of Professor Yan's lab and of Professor Sain's lab) for receiving The Queen Elizabeth II/Alpha Lumber Inc. Scholarship in Science and Technology, recognizing excellence in academic achievement!


May 6, 2013

“Producing Bark-based Polyols through Liquefaction: Effect of Liquefaction Temperature” is a feature article as highlighted in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering journal cover page.

For more information, please see the press release here.


March 14-15, 2013

In collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry and to showcase the project to high school students, the Bark Biorefinery project participates in University of Toronto’s March Break Open House.

Winter 2013

“Sensing the Future of Paper – Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network’s Smart Packaging Application teams with FPInnovations’ Printed Electronics Program,” FIBRE (Forest Innovation by Research & Education) Newsletter.

For more information, please see the press release here.


January 25, 2013

“Effects of Coating Formulation on Coating Thermal Properties and Coated Paper Print Quality in Xerography,” FPInnovations Newsletter.

For more information, please see the press release here.


January 2013

“Bio-based Phenol Formaldehyde (PF) Resins Derived from Beetle Infested Pine Barks - Structure and Composition” is a feature article as highlighted in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering journal cover page.

For more information, please see the press release here.


November 30, 2012

Congratulations to Nicolas Tanguy & Yong Zhao and Jason D’Souza (of Professor Yan's lab) for win the 1st and 2nd prizes, respectively, for the best poster presentations during the 2nd Annual Bark Biorefinery Research Meeting!


November 30, 2012

The Bark Biorefinery project holds its 2nd Annual Research Meeting.

For more information on the event, please see “Meetings" section of this website.


October 31, 2012

Bark Biorefinery project is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to carry out research on the development of novel cross-linking agents to replace formaldehyde in bark and lignin adhesive production.

For more information, please see our PDF advertisement here.


October 20, 2012

To showcase the project to high school students, the Bark Biorefinery project, in collaboration with Faculty of Forestry, participates in University of Toronto’s Fall Campus Day 2012.


September 25, 2012

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School visits Faculty of Forestry and Bark Biorefinery.

For more information, please see short slideshow here.


Fall 2012

Congratulations to Jason D’Souza (of Professor Yan's lab) for receiving The Queen Elizabeth II - Buell Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology Award, recognizing academic standing, experience, proposed research goals, and potential for conducting research!


June 5, 2012

Congratulations to Professor Mohini Sain for receiving the Plastics Innovation Award! The Plastics Innovation Award is presented by 2012 Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) - Plastics Industry Awards to companies or individuals that have contributed to the expansion of the Canadian plastics industry, through advancement of plastic technology.

For more information, please see the press release here.


June 3-5, 2012

Professor Ning Yan, principal investigator of the project, serves as Adhesives Technical Session Moderator and Speaker at the 66th International Convention, which is held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, USA.

For more information on the convention and registration, please see the event website here.


May 30, 2012

“Making cars safer, cleaner and more affordable,” U of T News.

For more information, please see the press release here.


May 8, 2012

Congratulations to PeiYu Kuo (of Professor Yan's and Professor Sain's labs) for receiving 1st place prize award for the best poster presentation at the 12th International Conference on Biocomposites, Niagara Falls, Ontario!


May 6-8, 2012

Professor Ning Yan is invited speaker at the 12th International Conference on Biocomposites, Niagara Falls, Ontario, presenting “Novel Transparent Nanocrystalline Cellulose Based Conductive Coating and Films”.

For more information on the conference and registration, please see the event website here.


May 2, 2012

“U of T Forestry Professor converts ‘waste’ bark into commercial products,” The Working Forest Newspaper.

For more information, please see the press release here.


April 26, 2012

The Bark Biorefinery project, in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry, holds a tour for a “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”.

For more information on the event, please see the event website here.


April 24, 2012

Bark Biorefinery project, in collaboration with Let's Talk Science organization, holds a Biotechnology Career Fair workshop and brings science to life for roughly 100 students (Grade 8) at the Runnymede Public School.

For more information, please see short slideshow here.


April 11-13, 2012

Professor Ning Yan is invited speaker at the International Wood Composites Symposium, Seattle, Washington, presenting “Bark Bio-refinery: Conversion of Bark Residue to Bark-based PF Adhesives and PU Foams”.

For more information on the symposium and registration, please see the event website here.


April 4, 2012

Congratulations to Professor Ning Yan for receiving NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) Program award! The DAS Program provides substantial and timely additional resources to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of superior research programs that are highly rated for originality and innovation. In a highly competitive and prestigious award of 2012, NSERC awards up to 125 DAS from a total of 3,451 individual applicants.

For more information on the program, please see NSERC website here.


March 16, 2012

The Bark Biorefinery project holds an exhibit in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry at the Sustainable Energy Fair.

To showcase the project to high school students, the Bark Biorefinery project participates in University of Toronto’s March Break Open House.

For more information, please see short slideshow here.


March 5, 2012

University of Toronto Schools and its Envirothon team visit Faculty of Forestry and Bark Biorefinery.

For more information, please see short slideshow here.


February 23, 2012

To stimulate students’ interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering field, Faculty of Forestry is seeking candidates for NSERC – Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA).

For more information on eligibility and application requirements, please see faculty’s advertisement here.


December 6, 2011

“Future of forestry on display,” U of T News.

For more information, please see the press release here.


December 2, 2011

Faculty of Forestry launches its newest communication effort – its first monthly E-Newsletter.

The newsletter showcases the Faculty’s research, students, events, etc..


November, 2011

Bark Biorefinery project is featured in Bioveille article, published and distributed by the CQVB "Centre québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies". This article aims to summarize actors from various fields in Quebec, Canada and around the world focusing on the emergence of the "extractives industry" relevant to markets of great added values.

For more information, please see the press release here.


October 25, 2011

The Bark Biorefinery project holds its 1st Annual Research Meeting.

For more information on the event, please see “Meetings" section of this website.


October 1, 2011

Bark Biorefinery project, along with the Faculty of Forestry, participates in the Chemistry Nuit Blanche. The event is hosted by Chemistry Department at the University of Toronto and celebrates UNs International Year of Chemistry. Faculty of Forestry joines in to also celebrate the year of Forests, showcasing that the theme of "Chemistry in everyday life" fits well with many products from trees.

For more information, please see page 3 of Forestry Matters newsletter.


September 8, 2011

Congratulations to Jason D’Souza and Yong Zhao (of Professor Yan's lab) for receiving Ontario Graduate Scholarship and SGS Doctoral Completion Award, respectively!


August 12, 2011

Bark Biorefinery project and Let’s Talk Science are to collaborate in youth outreach programs.

For more information, check back soon!


June 10, 2011

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School visits Faculty of Forestry and Bark Biorefinery.

For more information, please see short slideshow here.


May 20, 2011

“Taking Stock in Bark: Wood biomass utilization is taking on a whole new shape in Canada,” Biomass Magazine.

For more information, please see the press release here.


May 6, 2011

“Huntsman Polyurethanes Joins Bark Biorefinery Consortium,” Huntsman Polyurethanes News.

For more information, please see the press release here.


April 15-17 & 22, 2011

The Bark Biorefinery project, along with the Faculty of Forestry, participates in the Green Living Show.

The Bark Biorefinery project participates in the 2nd Global Earth Day Poster Session, which is a student focused event aimed to educate about science/technology of converting bioresources to biofuels, biopower, bio-based materials and chemicals.


April 13, 2011

Congratulations to Jason D’Souza and Pei Yu Kuo (of Professor Yan's lab) for winning the 1st and 2nd prizes, respectively, for the best presentation during the 3rd Annual Forest Biomaterials Science Mini-Research Day!


March 16-18, 2011

The Bark Biorefinery project holds an exhibit in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry at the Sustainable Energy Fair.

To showcase the project to high school students, the Bark Biorefinery project participates in University of Toronto’s March Break Open House.


March 3, 2011

Professor Mohini Sain’s “BioCar Initiative” is featured in an episode of “Daily Planet” on the Discovery Channel.

For more information, please see the episode here.


February 3, 2011

Professor Ning Yan receives University of Toronto’s Connaught Fund Innovation Award for “Developing NCC based antistatic coatings and conductive packaging materials as ESD protection products.”

For more information, please see the press release here.


January 25, 2011

“This Bark has Commercial Bite,” University of Toronto Bulletin.

For more information, please see the press release here.


March/April 2010

“Wood is Good! says Dr. Mathew Leitch – Dr. Mathew Leitch is Nurturing an Increasing Number of Forestry Graduates Who See the Future of “Value Added” Forest Products,” Agora Online: A Newsletter for Faculty, Staff, and Friends of Lakehead University.

For more information, please see the press release here.


March 16, 2010

“University of Toronto Researches Bark Biorefinery Process,” Biomass Magazine.

For more information, please see the press release here.


March 5, 2010

“U of T awarded $8.2 million through Research Excellence Fund,” University of Toronto Campus News Bulletin.

For more information, please see the press release here.


November 18, 2009

Toronto Life Magazine High on U of T Research – Faculty Generate 10 of Top 25 World-changing Ideas,” University of Toronto Campus News Bulletin.

For more information, please see the press release here.


July 2009

“The Future of the Forest: Professor Ning Yan is Adding Value to the Forestry Industry,” Edge Magazine: Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto.

For more information, please see the press release here.


February 11, 2009

“U of T Spin-off Awarded $755,000 from Province for Green Car Parts Research,” University of Toronto Campus News Bulletin.

For more information, please see the press release here.


Summer 2008

“Can We Make Auto Parts Out of Vegetables? – Mohini Sain’s GreenCore is Part of UofT’s New Research Commercialization Strategy,” Edge Magazine: Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto.

For more information, please see the press release here.


September/October 2007

“Dr. Charles Xu: Waste Not, Want Not – Lakehead’s New Green Energy Lab will Support Research into Biomass Technologies,” Agora Online: A Newsletter for Faculty, Staff, and Friends of Lakehead University.

For more information, please see the press release here.


January 16, 2007

“Cosmetics Company Cargo Takes Green and Floral Path,” (Mohini Sain’s first commercial project), TheStar.com.

For more information, please see the press release here.






Latest News

November 6, 2014

The Bark Biorefinery project holds its 3rd Annual Research Meeting.


September 10, 2014

Congratulations to Professor Ning Yan on being awarded the Chair in Value Added Wood and Composite in the Faculty of Forestry effective July 1, 2014.


August 14, 2014

The Bark Biorefinery Project holds a workshop for Science Unlimited @uToronto high school students. For more information, view slideshow here.


July 24, 2014

The Bark Biorefinery Project holds a workshop for the Summer Mentorship Program. For more information, view slideshow here.