Pulp and Paper Technical Services

The mission of the Pulp and Paper Technical Services program is to support the pulp, paper and allied industries with high-quality, cost-effective services. From small-scale laboratory testing to pilot-scale production of large quantities of pulp or paper from a variety of sources, NC State is well-equipped for almost any technical challenge. We pride ourselves on a total customer focus.

Paper Services

From Testing to Production

  • Chemical and Mechanical Pulping and Processing: We are well equipped to conduct studies and tests related to pulping and the pulping process. Our faculty and researchers have a depth of knowledge in this area and are eager to share it with our industry partners.
  • Bleaching: We have a wealth of experience in bleaching of fibrous furnishes, extending to both ECF and TCF sequences and low-, medium- and high-consistency conditions. Screening and preliminary trials may be done in sealed plastic bags (atmospheric) or small bombs (pressurized) and larger quantities may be bleached using our pilot plant.
  • Fiber Recycling: We have an outstanding reputation in the industry for technical services and research in fiber recycling, including stickies identification and removal; repulpability and recyclability of barrier-treated (e.g. waxed) and other difficult materials; and enzymatic and agglomeration de-inking. Our assortment of equipment is available to treat small samples at bench scale or large samples at pilot scale.
  • Paper Making and Testing: We also have great capabilities in papermaking. At bench scale, sheet moulds are available in a variety of sizes, with and without white water recycle. For pilot production of paper, the 12-inch “Wolfpack Baby” fourdrinier permits the evaluation of a variety of furnishes and conditions in a cost-effective manner.
  • Analytical Services: NC State maintains a well-equipped analytical laboratory for analysis of all types of samples. The equipment list includes the following: GC, HPLC, FPLC, LCMS, UV-vis, Dionex Ion Analysis, and Capillary Electrophoresis

Contact Us

Contact Us

For questions about specific capabilities, available tests or use of the facilities, please contact Cullen Alexander, Paper Machine/Pilot Plant Manager at 919-515-7761 or jcalexa3@ncsu.edu