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Paper LabThe Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State’s College of Natural Resources is home to one of the oldest and most respected paper science and engineering programs in the world and a new cutting-edge program in sustainable materials and technology. We are passionate global leaders in innovative forest biomaterials research, educators of tomorrow’s industry leaders, and creators of professional development training for current professionals. We not only deliver a modern and impactful curriculum to our students — we create sustainable solutions to address the materials and energy resources issues facing society.

Since our founding in 1929, we’ve been known for research and educational excellence, biomass utilization and sustainable biomaterials, and novel and innovative solutions to industry challenges. We serve the public, support the land-grant mission of NC State University, translate and apply research that drives discovery and generates value, advance knowledge through science, and educate and train future leaders.

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By the Numbers

  • 2,000+ alumni globally, including CEOs, senior executives, and owners of major paper and pulp or wood products companies
  • 300+ undergraduate students on average
  • 100 percent placement of Paper Science and Engineering undergraduates
  • 35+ graduate students in on-campus and distance education curricula on average
  • 25 full-time teaching and research faculty
  • 12 active adjunct faculty
  • 13 full-time staff members
  • 1 peer-reviewed online research journal (#1 in its field for publication volume) focused on the science of engineering of lignocellulosic materials, chemicals and new applications
  • 1 fully-functioning, reduced scale pilot paper plant

Undergraduate Programs

  • B.S. in Paper Science and Engineering
  • B.S. in Paper Science and Engineering / B.S. in Chemical Engineering dual degree
  • B.S. in Sustainable Materials and Technology

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Science in Forest Biomaterials
  • Master of Forest Biomaterials online distance program for industry professionals
  • Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials

Wood Products Extension

Our Wood Products Extension program works with North Carolina’s wood products industry to improve markets and increase competitiveness and profitability. We also provide educational programming to consumers to increase their understanding of wood products and proper use. Major program areas include lumber manufacturing, mill improvements for value-added manufacturing, and resilient housing against damage and natural disasters.

On-campus facilities

Our facilities include classrooms, laboratories, libraries, special research collections and state-of-the-art research and testing facilities:

  • Robertson Paper & Pulp Testing Laboratory, home of the fully functioned reduced scale Baby Wolfpack pilot paper plant. The Pulp and Paper Laboratory also houses specialized paper testing, recycling and pulping facilities.
  • Hodges Wood Products Laboratory, a 21,000 sq. foot facility supporting the sustainable materials program, allows for production and testing on materials and energy products.
  • Forest Biomaterials and Bioenergy Laboratories houses a wide variety of research facilities including an array of chemical analysis laboratories, 2 high field NMRs and a multitude of surface characterization tools

View the Forest Biomaterials Faculty in the Directory