Dr. Sain specializes in advanced nanocellulose technology, biocomposites, and bio-nanocomposites at the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He is also cross-appointed to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, along with his appointments as an adjunct professor of the University of Guelph and the University of Lulea, Sweden, and as an honorary professor at Slovak Technical University and the Institute of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto. He also collaborates with American and European research institutes and universities.
Dr. Sain is globally known for his pioneering work on the Biocar Initiative. A 2009 issue of Toronto Life magazine featured his idea as the second best among 25 "World Changing Ideas from the Smartest Torontonians." Dr. Sain holds several awards. A few recent ones are the Plastic Innovation Award and the KALEV PUGI Award for his innovation and contribution to industry. Author of more than 400 papers and designated as a “hi-cited” researcher by Thomson Reuters, Dr. Sain hugely contributed to society at large by translating research to commercialization. He has tens of patents and is known for his expertise at transforming research ideas into commercialization. Until now he has done more than 30 technology transfers to industry and created new companies for making products ranging from packaging, to automotive, to building construction, to packaging materials. Dr. Sain’s research activities have been documented by global television networks, magazines, and radio stations.
He is also the co-author of the world’s first book on cellulose nanocomposites, and has co-edited a number of books on renewable advanced materials. He is involved in many global strategic research policy developments, standardization, and research funding strategic councils in advisory roles. He is a highly acclaimed engineering consultant in materials engineering and has worked with almost 100 companies worldwide.
Dr. Sain is a pioneer in creating nonprofit organizations that are highly meaningful for society at large. He is a founding member of the Canadian Natural Composite Association, the Bio Auto Council, and many more. He has championed the world’s WPC industry by actively pursuing his vision of this green and emerging industry. He has chaired many global committees and helped nurture this industry into a billion-dollar market.