Dr. Orlando Rojas joins the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Forest Bioproducts, with shared affiliation in the Departments of Chemistry and Wood Science. He comes to UBC from Aalto University in Finland where he has led a national cluster to advance the Finnish material bioeconomy. His research group, Biobased Colloids and Materials (BiCMat), will set foot in UBC to expand a network of more than 5 PhD students and 36 postdoctoral fellows he has supervised or is supervising.
Prof. Rojas is the 2018 Recipient of the Anselme Payen Award and is an elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. At UBC, he will lead the UBC BioProducts Institute, an enabler of the transition to a sustainable bio-based circular economy by using plant-based resources. Prof. Rojas is also appointed PPC’s Director. Nanomaterials, colloids and surfaces form the basis of Prof. Rojas cross-disciplinary approach to understanding the fundamental principles involved in the design, manufacture and performance of bio-based systems.