TAPPI's International Nanotechnology Division
The Division Mid-Career Award is intended to recognize an individual with less than 20 years past the date of their latest degree work (bachelors, masters, or doctorate) for outstanding accomplishments or contributions, which have advanced the industry's technology in the awarding division's field of interest.
2018 NanoDivision Mid-Career Award
University of Maine
Mehdi started his scientific career at the Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI in 2001 where he worked as a visiting scientist working on his dissertation on dynamic mechanical analysis of wood plastic composites. After completing his Ph.D. program in Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Tehran in 2003, Mehdi worked as an Assistant and later an Associate Professor at the Department of Wood and Paper Science and Technology, the University of Tehran for 8 years. In 2007 Mehdi received the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) award to do research at the Department of Biomaterials Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Japan where he worked as a Visiting Professor for two years. Upon moving to Canada in 2011, Mehdi worked as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada before Joining the School of Forest Resources in September 2013 as the Assistant Professor of Renewable Nanomaterials. Mehdi’s areas of research interest are production, characterization and performance evaluation of renewable nanomaterials and their composites. At UMaine, Mehdi established the Laboratory of Renewable Nanomaterials with a focus of wet applications of cellulose nanomaterials in large-volume product development. To date, Mehdi has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, presented over 40 presentations at international conferences and advised/co-advised over 45 graduate students. Over the past four years, the Laboratory of Renewable Nanomaterials has secured over $1.5 M of grant funding for nanocellulose related research.