Mihaela Mihai

Roles and responsibilities

I am a senior research officer in “Polymers and Bioproducts” team at the Automotive and Surface Transportation (AST) research center from Advanced Manufacturing Program. I’m currently developing, managing and leading various scientific projects in collaboration with the Canadian industry.

Current research and/or projects

My current research work and projects are focusing on:

  • Additive manufacturing of thermoplastic polymers 
  • Advanced thermoplastic composites for Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing
  • Advancement of additive manufacturing / 3D printing technology for thermoplastics
  • Thermoplastic biocomposites, compostable materials, recycling of thermoplastics
  • Foaming of polymers, biopolymers and biocomposites
  • Functional polymers, shape memory polymer blends


PhD in Polymer Chemistry and Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

MASc in Polymer Chemistry and Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

Organic Chemistry / Chemical Engineer, University Gheorghe Asachi, Iasi, Romania

Key publications

More than 150 reports for industry and 60 published papers, scientific journals and conference proceedings. Few of them are:

  1. F. Bernier, M. Ibrahim, M. Mihai, Y. Thomas, J.-M. Lamarre, Additive manufacturing of soft and hard magnetic materials used in electrical machines, Metal Powder Report, 75(6), pg. 334-343, 2021
  2. M. Mihai, K. Stoeffler, E. Norton, Use of thermal black as eco-filler in thermoplastic composites and hybrids for injection molding and 3d printing applications, Molecules - Special Issue Polymer Composites and Nanocomposites with Enhanced Properties, 25(7), 1517 (29 pages), 2020
  3. M. Mihai, M.-T. Ton-That, Novel Bio-Nanocomposite Hybrid Materials made from Polylactide / Nanoclay Nanocomposites and Short Flax Fibers, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 32(1), 3-28, 2019
  4. M. Mihai, K. Stoeffler, Eco-solutions for automotive interior applications by way of thermoplastic biocomposites: cost, weight and green advancements, Published in Special Issue ICAutoC 2016 Advances in Automotive Composites, International Journal of Automotive Composites, Vol.3 No.2/3/4, pp.141-168, 2017
  5. M. Mihai, M.-T. Ton-That, Valorization of Triticale Straw Biomass as Reinforcement in Proficient Polypropylene Biocomposites, Waste and Biomass Valorization, 9(10), 1971-1983, 2018
  6. Richard Gendron, Mihaela Mihai, chapitre Extrusion Foaming of Polylactide, 52 pages, dans Polymeric Foams: Innovation in Process, Technology, and Products, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 26 octobre 2016
  7. M. Mihai, N. Chapleau, J. Denault, Processing-formulation-performance relationships of polypropylene/short flax fiber composites, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132(9), 41528/1-41528/15, 2015
  8. L. Mahalle, A. Alemdar, M. Mihai, N. Legros, À cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment of wood fibre-reinforced polylactic acid (PLA) and polylactic acid/thermoplastic starch (PLA/TPS) biocomposites, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 19(6), 1305-1315, 2014
  9. M. Mihai, N. Legros, A. Alemdar, Formulation-properties versatility of wood fiber biocomposites based on polylactide and polylactide/thermoplastic starch blends, Polymer Engineering & Science, 54(6), 1325-1340, 2014
  10. M. Mihai, M.-T. Ton-That, Novel polylactide/triticale straw biocomposites: Processing, formulation and properties, Polymer Engineering & Science, 54(2), 446-458, 2014
  11. M. Mihai, M. A. Huneault, B. D. Favis, Rheology and extrusion foaming of chain-branched poly(lactic acid), Polymer Engineering and Science, 50(3), 629-642, 2010
  12. M. Mihai, M. A. Huneault, B. D. Favis, Crystallinity development in cellular poly (lactic acid) in the presence of supercritical carbon dioxide, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 113(5), 2920-2932, 2009
  13. M. Mihai, M. A. Huneault, B D. Favis, Hongbo Li, Extrusion Foaming of Semi-Crystalline PLA and PLA/Thermoplastic Starch Blends, Macromolecular Bioscience, 7 (7), 907-920, 2007
  14. M. Mihai, M A. Huneault, B. D. Favis, Foaming Polystyrene / Thermoplastic Starch blends, Journal Of Cellular Plastics, v. 43, p  215-236, 2007
Mihaela Mihai

Mihaela Mihai

Senior Research Officer
Automotive and Surface Transportation
75 Mortagne Blvd
Boucherville, Quebec J4B 6Y4
Preferred language: French
Other(s): English
Telephone: 450-641-5368


Materials, Biomaterials, Biopolymers, Composites, Eco-responsible Materials, Engineered materials, Nanomaterials, Polymer Composites, Polymers, Processing, Smart Materials, Sciences, Chemistry, Materials, Scientific research, Technology, Technology transfer