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Prof. Milad Kamkar

Dr. Milad Kamkar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Prior to this position, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia and Bioproducts Institute, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, and a PhD student at the University of Calgary. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in polymer engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Tehran, Iran, where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Hossein Nazockdast. 


At the time of receiving this award, he had published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals including Macromolecules, Progress in Polymer Science, Small, Advanced Functional Materials, and Carbon. He also has more than 90 conference presentations. During his academic career, Prof. Kamkar has made significant contributions to the understanding of the nano- and micro-structural features of polymeric systems (nanocomposites, blends, solutions, and hydrogels) via advanced linear and nonlinear rheological techniques. More importantly, in 2022, he introduced a new technique for processing all-liquid soft materials, coined “Liquid Streaming”.


Currently, he is the Director of Multi-scale Materials Design Center, and his team is working on the synthesis, characterization, and additive manufacturing of soft functional materials. His research is application-driven and is currently developing electromagnetic shields, wearable sensors, and wastewater treatment systems with 3D printed soft materials and aerogels. His research has received funding from NSERC as well as industry.