Dr. Iman Soltani
Iman Soltani gained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Polymer Engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology and Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute, respectively. He worked for 9 years at Renault (a major French automobile manufacturing company) plant at IKCo, as a research and development polymer engineer. There he worked on different aspects of polymers including their formulation and compounding, their processing through various techniques, like extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, spinning, SMC, LFT, pultrusion, RTM, rotational molding, coating approaches, foaming, calendering, Banbury mixers, CAD/CAM, and 3D printing. Through that Iman learned about developing polymers (process, test, scale-up, applications, & market), their characterization, and their final products’ quality control for various applications. To achieve deeper and more advanced knowledge and skills about polymers, he began his Ph.D. in Polymer and Fiber Science under the supervision of Professor Richard Spontak at North Carolina State University in 2011, where he worked on improving barrier properties of polymer-based membranes through the various coatings and nanocomposites approaches, mainly for packaging applications. Accordingly, he worked on a research and development project funded by the URRC, a major supplier of The Coca Cola Company’s recycled PET for beverage bottles. Upon finishing his Ph.D., Iman began his postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science of the University of Minnesota in 2016, with Professors Christopher Macosko and Frank Bates, to study various blends as well as melt-blowing of micro- and nanofiber nonwovens. There he worked in a collaborative research and development project with Cummins Inc. In 2017 he joined Professor Chul Park’s research group at Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of The University of Toronto, as a postdoctoral fellow. He is currently studying the manufacturing and characterization of various simple and reactive blends as well as hybrid composites and foams containing polymeric nanofiber inclusions. Iman Soltani has already published seven scientific articles, and he has three more manuscripts in preparation.