Assistant Professor

Contact InformationTizazu Mekonnen

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38914
Location: E6 5010


Research Interests

  • Bioplastics
  • Polymer blends and composites
  • Polymer modifications and processing
  • Rubber processing and modifications
  • Biodegradable and compostable polymers
  • Nanostructured polymers
  • Polymer structure-property and applications development
  • Dispersion Rheology & dynamics of colloidal nanomaterials


  • 2013, Doctorate, Bioresource Engineering, University of Alberta
  • 2009, Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, Addis Ababa University


  • CHE 745 - Research Topics in Polymer Science and Engineering
    • Taught in 2018, 2019
  • CHE 102 - Chemistry for Engineers
    • Taught in 2018, 2019
  • CHE 541 - Introduction to Polymer Science and Properties
    • Taught in 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Mekonnen, T.; Behabtu, N., Lenges, C., Enzymatic polymerization derived engineered polysaccharides as reinforcing fillers of ethylene vinyl acetate composites, Carbohydrate Polymers, 241, 2020
  • Ojogbo, E.; Ward, V.; Mekonnen, T., Functionalized starch microparticles for contact-active antimicrobial polymer surfaces, Carbohydrate Polymers, 229, 2019
  • Ogunsona, E.; Blanchard, R.; Hojabr, S.; Berry, R.; Mekonnen, T., Synergistic Crosslinking and Reinforcing Enhancement of Rubber Latex with Cellulose Nanocrystals for Glove Applications, ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2, 2019, 887 - 898
  • Sun, Q., Mekonnen, T.H. Manjusri Misra, Amar K. Mohanty. Novel Biodegradable cast film from carbon dioxide based copolymer and poly (lactic acid). Jouranl of Polymers and the Environment. Journal of Polymers and the Environment. 2016, 24(1): 23 – 36. (Accepted in 2016)
  • Mekonnen, T., Misra, M., Mohanty, A. Fermented Soymeals and their Reactive Blends with poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) in Engineering Biodegradable Cast Films for Sustainable Packaging. 2015. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. 4(3): 782-793. (Accepted in 2015)
  • Mekonnen, T.H., Mussone, P.G., Alemaskin, K. Wolodko, K. Choi, P., and Bressler, D.C. Biocomposite materials from Epoxy resin and hydrolyzed biomass: Mechanical, thermal and moisture absorption performances. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013, 1, 13186-13196. (Accepted in 2013)
  • Mekonnen, T.H.,Mussone, P.G., Khalil, H., and Bressler, D.C. Progress in plastics and plasticizing modifications. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013, 1, 13379-13398. (Cover page article). (Accepted in 2013)