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Aug 9, 2022

Undergraduate Researcher Emily Ramanata Examines the Potential of Hempcrete

This summer, Emily Ramanata is participating in the Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates Program at Oregon State University. 

Apr 29, 2022

Why Some Fabrics Shed More Microfibers Than Others

NC State researchers studied how treating fabrics with dyes, softeners and other chemicals impacts both the production and degradation of cotton microfibers. 

A table display showing a t-shirt with an iridescent hummingbird design - Bio-Inspired Textiles Promote Sustainable Fashion - College of Natural Resources News - NC State University

Apr 21, 2022

Bio-Inspired Textiles Promote Sustainable Fashion

NC State researchers are using nanocrystals extracted from wood to produce iridescent clothing. 

NC State professor Lokendra Pal holds two samples of sawdust powder in his hands - New Biomaterial Could Save Our Oceans from Plastic Pollution - College of Natural Resources News - NC State University

Mar 21, 2022

New Biomaterial Could Save Our Oceans From Plastic Pollution

NC State researchers have discovered how to convert leftover sawdust powder and agro-residues into a Styrofoam-like packaging material. 

The wrap-and-plant technology displayed in a Kenyan field - Banana ‘Paper’ Stymies Potato Pest - Forest Biomaterials NC State University

Mar 7, 2022

Banana ‘Paper’ Stymies Potato Pest

Made from banana waste, the paper blocks growth and infestation of a nasty worm that wreaks havoc with potato plants. 

Lokendra Pal - Lokendra Pal Named E.J. "Woody" Rice Associate Professor - College of Natural Resources - NC State University

Jan 26, 2022

Lokendra Pal Named E.J. “Woody” Rice Associate Professor

Since Pal joined NC State in 2015, his research has focused on the development of smart packaging, printable electronics and other bio-based materials. 

Clothing Waste - Cotton Incorporated and NC State to Demonstrate Pilot-scale Process for Upcycling Textile Waste - Forest Biomaterials NC State University

Jan 10, 2022

Cotton Incorporated and NC State to Demonstrate Pilot-scale Process for Upcycling Textile Waste

The process represents an important step in addressing the complexity of textile waste. 

The Sustainable and Alternative Fibers Initiative logo (Graphic courtesy SAFI Consortium) - NC State To Lead Global Research Effort To Develop Sustainable Fibers - Forest Biomaterials NC State University

Nov 2, 2021

NC State To Lead Global Research Effort To Develop Sustainable Fibers

The College of Natural Resources recently established the Sustainable and Alternative Fibers Initiative (SAFI), a research consortium that aims to study, develop and promote the utilization of alternative fibers for packaging, hygiene, textiles and other products. SAFI has already raised $1.2 million for research and partnered with 20 companies in order to position the college as the center of excellence for the research, development, and utilization of sustainable fibers. 

NC State Professor David Tilotta - This NC State Research Wants to Disaster-Proof Your Home - College of Natural Resources News - NC State University

Oct 27, 2021

This NC State Researcher Wants to Disaster-Proof Your Home. Here’s Why.

Many homes aren’t equipped to withstand natural disasters. David Tilotta is working to change that. 

drs-chang-park-and-jameel - Bell Tower Lighted Red for Dr. Hasan Jameel - Forest Biomaterials NC State University

Oct 26, 2021

Bell Tower Lighted Red for Dr. Hasan Jameel

Since its completion in 1937, the Memorial Tower has stood as a symbol of identity for North Carolina State University, a timekeeper for tradition and a perpetual memorial to NC State…