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Dr. M. Reza Nofar obtained his BSc in Materials Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran-Iran) in 2005 and received his MSc and PhD from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), respectively, in 2008 and 2013 both in Mechanical Engineering. Between his MSc and PhD during 2008-2009, Dr. Nofar worked as a researcher at Canada National Research Council (Montreal, Canada). During 2013-2015, he was a postdoctoral fellow jointly at the Chemical Engineering Departments at Polytechnique Montreal and McGill University (Montreal, Canada). Meanwhile, he was a part-time faculty lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Concordia University. 

In August 2015, Dr.M.Reza joined the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at Istanbul Technical University as an Assistant Professor and has launched the Polymers and Nanocomposites Laboratory. Dr. Reza Nofar has been the recipient of several international and institutional awards and scholarships. He was awarded Turkey’s 2017 Young Scientist Award for his achievements in advanced biopolymeric microcellular systems. He was awarded Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (FQRNT) in 2015 from the Quebec government for his postdoctoral studies. He had also been awarded three prestigious scholarships for his doctoral program, namely Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (FQRNT), and Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology. He was also awarded the PPS 2017 young researcher travel award inPPS 33,Cancun, Mexico. His paper received the best paper award in the Society of Plastic Engineers Annual Technical (SPE-ANTEC) Conference in 2011, Boston, USA.

Dr. Nofar’s research interests are polymer processing and rheology, biopolymers and polylactide, polymer blends and nanocomposites, and microcellular polymer foams. Right now, Dr. Reza Nofar is the direct thesis supervisor of 12 MSc and 5 PhD students, while within the last 4 years, he supervised and graduated 12 MSc students and 20 undergraduate students. Dr. Nofar has contributed his research output as one authored book entitled “Polylactide Foams: Fundamentals, Manufacturing, and Applications” that was published by Elsevier, 3 book chapters, 3 patents, 55 refereed journal articles, 4 of which are comprehensive review articles on PLA foaming, PLA blends, Rheology of PLA-based systems, and PLA cellulose nanocomposites, and over 80 refereed conference papers. Links to Dr. Nofar’s publications could be accessed through: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?hl=en&user=LxNEcP8AAAAJ