Hands-On and Future-Focused
The Department of Forest Biomaterials graduates exemplary advanced degree students who enjoy a close partnership with industry. Our master’s and Ph.D. graduates are in high-demand throughout the United States and around the world, with our alumni filling leadership roles in management, research, technical services, marketing, engineering and academia across a variety of sectors involving wood and paper sciences, paper engineering, and forest biomaterials. We continually serve the public, support the land-grant mission of NC State, advance knowledge through science, and translate and apply research that drives discovery and generates value.
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. Graduate students in Forest Biomaterials learn the theory and applications of chemistry, physics and engineering as it pertains to biomaterial science and engineering, with major areas of activity concentrated in the bioenergy, biopolymers, wood and paper fields.