Marino Xanthos, Ph.D.

Polymer Processing Institute


Suite 3901, GITC, NJIT

Newark, NJ 07102,

Tel.: (973) 642-4585

Fax: (973) 642-4594


Department of Chemical Engineering

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 07102,

Tel.: (973) 642-4762

Fax: (973) 596-8436




Polymer Blends/Composites/Foams, Polymer Modification and Reactive Processing, Plastics Recycling and Life-cycle Assessment, Polymer Processing / Structure / Property Relationships, Environmental Considerations in Polymer Processing.

·       Broad industrial contract research experience in Polymer Technology.

·       Industrial experience in research and development on Polymer Composites.

·       Academic experience in Polymer Science and Engineering: generic and industrial research, teaching regular graduate and undergraduate courses and short courses for industry, Ph.D. and M.S. student advising, curriculum and new courses development; experience in International Chemical Education.




University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry., Ph.D. Degree (1974), M.A.Sc. Degree (1970).

University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece - Department of Chemistry, B.Sc. Degree-Honors (1968).



Research & Development Experience

Current position

Polymer Processing Institute (PPI), Newark, NJ, an independent not-for-profit research organization located at NJIT

            Director of Research, (since 1988)

Overall Responsibilities: Direct and supervise a staff of more than fifteen professionals and graduate assistants in industry/government sponsored and generic research in Polymer Processing, Polymer Materials Development and Plastics Recycling at an average annual volume of $600,000.


Earlier positions

Center for Processing of Plastic Packaging -  (CPPP), NJIT, Newark, NJ

Center Director, (Feb. 1997 – June 1988)

Overall Responsibilities: Direct and supervise contract research in plastic packaging applications.

Marietta Resources International Ltd. (a subsidiary of Martin Marietta Corp.), Boucherville, Que., Canada (1975-1980).

            Manager, R & D and Technical Services

Responsibilities:  Research, product development and technical support in the areas of processing and characterization of thermoplastic and thermoset composites including mica reinforced plastics and mica modified inorganics and coatings; research on fiber and flake reinforcements, interfacial modification and coupling agents for multiphase systems.


Academic Experience (Teaching/Research)

Current position : NJ Institute of Technology, (NJIT), Newark, NJ (since 1995)

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of Polymer Engineering Center


Earlier positions

Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ (1987-1995)

 Research Professor of Chemical Engineering

Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ (1980-1986)

Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering; Academic Advisor of overseas M.S. undergraduate and technician programs in Plastics Engineering.



·       Regular technical consulting since 1987 to companies such as  Elf-Atochem (France), PPG, Reheis, Colgate-Palmolive, Cooperative Research Center for Polymers (Australia), Roche Diagnostics, AT&T, Zemex Minerals, Shell Chemical Co., Dow-Corning, Cytec.

·       Holder of three US and two Canadian patents.



·       M. Xanthos and S.K. Dey, “Foam Extrusion of Polyethylene Terephthalate”, Chapter 12, pp.307-336 in S.T. Lee, Ed., “Principles of Thermoplastic Foam Extrusion”, Technomic Publishing Co., Lancaster, PA (2000)

·       M. Xanthos, U. Yilmazer, S.K. Dey, and J. Quintans “Melt Viscoelasticity of Polyethylene Terephthalate Resins for Low Density Extrusion foaming”, Polym. Eng. Sci., 40, 3, 554 (2000)

·       M. Xanthos and H. Warth, “Effects of Transreactions on the Compatibility and Miscibility of Blends of Condensation Polymers”, Chapter 10, pp. 411-427, in S. Fakirov, Ed., “Transreactions in Condensation Polymers”, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany (1999).

·       M. Xanthos and A.L. Bisio, “Polymer Recycling for Energy Recovery”, pp. 57-69, in Akovali at al., Eds,  “Frontiers in the Science and Technology of Polymer Recycling”, NATO Advanced Study Institute Series, Series E: Applied Sciences – Vol. 351, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands (1998)

·       U. Yilmazer, M. Xanthos, G. Bayram and V. Tan “Viscoelastic Characteristics Of Chain Extended / Branched and Linear Polyethylene Terephthalate Resins”, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 75, 1371-1377 (2000).

·       M. Xanthos and K.A. Narh, “Product Design with Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer Blends with Potential Applications in Recycling”, Polym. Compos., 19, 6, 768 (1998).

·       M. Xanthos, N. Faridi and Y.Li, “Processing/Structure Relationships of Mica-Filled Polyethylene Films with Low Oxygen Permeability”, Intern. Polym. Process., 13, 1, 58 (1998).

·       M. Xanthos, V. Tan and A. Ponnusamy, “Measurement of Melt Viscoelastic Properties of Polyethylene and Their Blends - A Comparison of Experimental Techniques”, Polym. Eng. Sci., 37, 6, 1102 (1997). 



Society of Plastics Engineers, Polymer Processing Society, American Chemical Society, Society of Automotive Engineers



·       Advances in Polymer Technology (John Wiley & Sons), a peer review technical journal, editor-in-chief since 1990

·       Regular peer reviewer of articles submitted to technical journals, book outlines and proposals to government agencies (NSF, USDA, NRC Canada, NRC US).

·       External examiner in Ph.D. defense committees; external peer reviewer of Chem. Eng. Faculty promotion/tenure in N. American and overseas Universities

·       Organizer, chairman and moderator of national and international Technical Conferences/Symposia.

·       Expert technical witness in legal cases.

·       Organizer, co-ordinator and instructor of "Polymer Engineering" Collaborative Graduate Certificate Program, (four courses), offered to more than twenty National Starch and Chemical Company employees off-site and by ITV during 1997-98; awarded certificates in August ’98 to nine graduates.

·       Participated as a proposed thrust leader in the development of the 1995 preproposal/proposal, 1997 ERC preproposal/proposal/site and 1999 preproposal to the National Science Foundation.

·       Chairperson  and/or member of various university and departmental search committees for administrative and faculty positions; member of departmental  P&T committee; member of Ph.D. Chemistry Planning Committee;

·       Engineering Program review external evaluator, Essex County College, summer 2000