Ramani Narayan is University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University -- the highest honor that MSU bestows on a faculty member. He is an elected Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors; Fellow, ASTM & ASTM award of merit -- the highest award given by the society to an individual member. He has been awarded the Governor’s (State of Michigan) University Award for commercialization excellence; Michigan Green Chemistry Award Green Chemistry Governor’s Award for developing biodegradable packaging and insulation foams; Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship Chair in Science & Technology Management & Commercialization at University of Lisbon; Portugal; DuPont’s Packaging Award for excellence in Innovation & Sustainability, as part of the Coca Cola Plant bottle team, and many others.
Professor Narayan is Scientific Chair of the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) USA; and convener/technical expert on ISO (International Standards Organization) committees; He is technical advisor to many organizations and groups in the bioplastics space – WWF led bioplastics feedstock alliance; USDA Biopreferred program, Coca-Cola company plant bottle advisory Board. He serves on Board of Directors of a NASDAQ company Northern Technologies (NASDAQ:NTIC).
He has 200+ refereed publications, 30 issued patents, and graduated 20 Ph. D and 25 Master’s students. He is a successful entrepreneur –key technologies are: PLA technology development & engineering scale-up to 150, 000-ton production facility in Blair, Nebraska. Advanced PLA-biopolyester hybrid resin materials commercialized through Natur-Tec/Northern Technologies International; www.natur-tec.com. Founding member of EcoSynthetix Inc.; www.ecosynthetix.com developing a portfolio of environmentally responsive biobased materials -- Canadian Stock Exchange (TSE:ECO). Developing biobased polyols for flexible and rigid polyurethane foam applications in cooperation with Zeeland Farm Services. ZFS (www.zfsinc.com) is a $150 million privately held agribusiness employing 200+ people.