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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… 

The sun peeks through the leaves of a tree at the Court of North Carolina - Turning Tree Residue into Smart Hydrogels - Forest Biomaterials NC State University

Jun 2, 2021

Turning Tree Residue into Smart Hydrogels

NC State researchers are turning wood byproducts into sensory hydrogels and sustainable, biodegradable smart materials. 

Tractor in a wheat field - How Animal Manure Could Help Reduce Agriculture’s Carbon Footprint - Forest Biomaterials NC State University

Nov 11, 2020

How Animal Manure Could Help Reduce Agriculture & Carbon Footprint

A new system developed by NC State researchers aims to decarbonize the agriculture industry. 

A picture of industrial hemp growing in a field - Industrial Hemp: A More Sustainable Option for the Hygiene Industry - Forest Biomaterials NC State University

Sep 18, 2020

Industrial Hemp: A More Sustainable Option for the Hygiene Industry

Researchers at NC State’s College of Natural Resources are using industrial hemp to develop tissue paper and other pro