Dr. Hamdy Khalil - Global Technical Director for Research and Product Development - Woodbridge Foam Corporation, The Woodbridge Group

Dr. Hamdy Khalil

Global Technical Director for Research and Product Development
Woodbridge Foam Corporation, The Woodbridge Group

Dr. Hamdy Khalil pioneered the introduction and commercialization of renewable materials into the polyurethane chemistry used in the interior automotive parts manufacturing which is now the benchmark for the industry.

Prior to his present position at Woodbridge Foam Corporation - a major manufacturer of flexible moulded polyurethane foam for the global automotive industry- Hamdy held positions at Labatt's in the pharmaceutical Division, for PolySar Corporation as analytical laboratory supervisor and as Senior Technical Manager for BFGoodrich.

He introduced and published groundbreaking chemistries in:

  • Reformatsky Reaction to Synthesize Vitamin A Analogues
  • Wittig Reaction in the Synthesis of Polyene
  • Phase transfer catalysis for the synthesis of hitherto known Sulfur and Oxygen Heterocyclic five and six member Compounds useful in Pheromones and Pharmaceuticals

He has coauthored patents in:

  • Polyurethane Structural Sealants for Automotive Windshield Fastening
  • High Impact Polystyrene Light Stability
  • Latex Anti-Microbial Growth Additives
  • Bio-Polyol in Automotive Parts Manufacturing

Hamdy sits on the scientific advisory committee of FPInnovations and on the NRC steering committee for Bio-products development. His first passion is the mentoring and the customized development of young scientists and technical personnel.

Dr. Khalil holds a BSc with majors in chemistry and physics from the University of Alexandria in Egypt, MSc in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cairo University Egypt and a PhD from Windsor University.