Mathieu Robert

Canada Research Chair in Polymer Eco-Composites

Tier 2 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2021-05-01
Université de Sherbrooke
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Research involves

Transforming and enhancing Canadian agri-food biomass as an innovative reinforcement in sustainable composite polymers.

Research relevance

This research will reduce the environmental footprint created by composite polymer materials, promote Canadian agriculture products and boost economic activity in rural areas.

Research summary

Dr. Mathieu Robert, Canada Research Chair in Polymer Eco-Composites, has set himself a challenge: using agricultural waste or “weeds” to develop sustainable, effective materials.

Canada’s agricultural and agri-food activities produce only a small quantity of biomass-derived functional materials. Paradoxically, most of the research conducted today focuses on products derived from European raw materials or the wood industry. Robert and his research team intend to reverse this trend by working exclusively with Canadian raw materials (such as flax, hemp, milkweed and agri-food waste). Ultimately, Robert and his research team are helping to build tomorrow’s clean industry and putting Canada on the path to high-performance ecological materials.