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KAMAL, Musa R.

Emeritus Professor
McGill University
Phone: 514-398-4262
Expertises Processing and characterization of polymers


Musa Kamal completed his Chemical Engineering education at the University of Illinois and Carnegie-Mellon University. After six years at American Cyanamid Company, he joined McGill becoming Full Professor. At McGill, he trained more than 130 graduate students and researchers. Professor Kamal is known for his contributions in the field of Polymer Processing. He co-edited five books, obtained six United States patents, and co-authored over 300 publications and 300 technical presentations. He received the Society of Plastics Industry (Canada) CANPLAST and Leader of The Year Awards; the Society of Plastics Engineers International Education Award; and the Society of Chemical Industry (Canada) Purvis Memorial Award. In 2003, he was inducted into the Polymer Processing Hall of Fame. He received a Life-Time Achievement Award from the Society of Advanced Molding Technologies (SAMT) in China, in 2009. In April 2011, he received the SPE International Award, which is the most prestigeous award granted by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Plastics Academy, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Society of Plastics Engineers. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Polymer Processing Society, Chief Editor of the Progress in Polymer Processing (PPP) book series, and a member of the Editorial Boards of 5 international journals. He was member of the scientific committees and theme leader in the ARBORANANO Network and the Network for Innovative Polymeric Materials and Manufacturing Processes (NIPMMP). He has been continuosly supported by the AUTO 21 Network since it started.

Actual research interests

  • Microstructure and morphology development
  • Computer Simulation of injection molding and film blowing to predict product properties
  • Polymer blends and phase separation
  • Polymer characterization
  • Microstructure of vibration and laser welded plastics and fibre-reinforced composites
  • Polymeric nanocomposites incorporating Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC)
  • Polymeric nanocomposites
  • Melting and solidification behaviour and crystallization kinetics of polymers
  • Pre-processing of nanoparticle agglomerates to enhance dispersion
  • Surface energy effects in processing of blends and nanocomposites

Groupe de recherche

Personnel de recherche

  • Wissam Abdallah, Associe de recherche