Dr. Elena Maeva, Associate Professor

Dr. Elena Maeva, Associate Professor
Associate Professor Cross Appointment with Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario


Dr. Elena Maeva, another highly-qualified member of the Ontario BioProducts A-Team is an
Associate Professor at the University of Windsor with a cross Appointment with Chemistry and Biochemistry. Similarly, her research group is multidisciplinary, including such disciplines as Physics, Material Sciences, Chemistry, Biophysics, and Biochemistry.  Their work focuses on using various advanced diagnostic methods to investigate the physical and chemical nature and structure of materials.

One of Dr. Maeva’s research projects is to study the properties and degradation process of bio and ecology clean material based composites. Since the usage of biomaterials is growing for a wide variety of applications including medical supplies, clothing, car parts and fuel, the more there is a need to know about their physical, biological and chemical properties. Maeva does just that using a wide variety of non-destructive technologies.

 For example, many crop residues can be used to form various parts used within the internal structure of a car. However, the specific characteristics of these biomaterials must be known. How will they age? How will their properties change under different environmental characteristics? What forces will they withstand? How strong are they? What happens when they absorb water – or the opposite, what changes will they undergo if dehydrated. And especially with any new consumer products, there must be a high level of confidence in their overall safety.

The bioproducts must be tested though after processing and since it is rather unaffordable and inefficient to build a car, only to destroy it in the testing process, Maeva and her team work with non-destructive procedures such as acoustics, x-rays, and ultrasounds. These methods are currently being developed in partnership with Ford and Chrysler.

Maeva’s use of non-destructive methods of testing also benefits other industries including biology. A recent project investigated the possibility of using her expertise and technology to determine the sex of larval sea lampreys, a process which previously required dissection or invasive surgery. Additional projects have involved the medical industry.

Besides her research work, Maeva teaches several courses, and mentors grads students in physics, chemistry and engineering. She has also offered seminars and presentations on biocomposites and biomaterials across Canada, Poland, Germany, Italy and the US.

Dr. Maeva received her Ph.D. in Physics and Chemistry at the Institute of Chemical Physics within the Russian Academy of Sciences. She moved to Canada and joined the University of Windsor in 1995.

Dr. Maeva’s research is mostly related to the area of applied physics and chemistry. She is very deeply involved in the application of advanced non-destructive methods of evaluation for the investigation of the structure of different materials and tissues. Dr. Maeva has obtained numerous grants. During her academic career she has published 26 articles in peer reviewed journals, 66 articles in peer reviewed conference proceedings and has presented invited talks at major national and international conference and symposiums. She also has 4 patents issued.

She has earned the Recognition of Research and Scholarship Excellence Award from the University of Windsor (2004) as well as a letter from the Ford Motor Comp. recognizing the success of her research (2011). A similar letter of recognition was generated from DaimlerChrysler in 2002 for outstanding research and development.

For a few years dr. Maeva has served as the Chair of the Division of Industrial and Applied Physics of Canadian Association of Physicists 2008-2011.

The new Ontario Biomaterials “A-Team”, assembled by Ontario Agri-Food Technologies and the Ontario Centres of Excellence is a consortium of leading scientists each with unique skills, expertise and world-class equipment in the development, processing and optimization of biomaterials. They’re the best choice for developing and processing novel and customized biomaterials.

“A-Team” members are eager to work cooperatively with each other and with industry. They are all globally recognized for their scientific expertise. They understand corporate needs - including speed of service, confidentiality and respect for corporate ownership or exclusive access to intellectual property.

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