Sustaining a Future on Renewable Materials
Forest biomaterials include any organic materials that can be cultivated or extracted from nature’s ecosystems. The Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State specializes in sustainable, renewable forest biomaterials such as wood, paper and value-added biomaterials produced by large and small industries across North Carolina and throughout the US. These renewable biomaterials are used for construction of sustainable housing, low carbon bioenergy, recyclable pulp and paper products, and value-added chemicals and composites.
In fact, we try to find new uses for what was previously seen as waste from pulp and paper manufacturing processes. A number of our innovative projects investigate the fundamental and applied aspects of new cellulose and lignin-based biomaterials, including novel chemical approaches, polymeric phase behavior and process development.
Biomaterials Research Features
A Fiber-Aligned Thermal-Managed Wood-Based Superhydrophobic Aerogel for Efficient Oil Recovery
Researchers at NC State's College of Natural Resources have developed an oil–water separation and recycle system through chemical vapor deposition and novel splicing with carbon nanotubes.
Soy Proteins As a Sustainable Solution to Strengthen Recycled Paper and Reduce Deposition of Hydrophobic Contaminants in Papermaking
Hydrophobic contaminants incorporated with recycled fibers cause severe papermaking processing and product quality problems. In this work, we propose a sustainable approach by the application of soy proteins as agents to combat contaminants.
Meet our Biomaterials Faculty
Interested in biomaterials research? Contact our faculty to learn more and get involved.
- Dimitris Argyropoulos, Professor
- Hou-min Chang, Professor Emeritus
- Marko Hakovirta, Department Head and Professor
- Hasan Jameel, Jordan Family Distinguished Professor
- Steve Kelley, Reuben B. Robertson Professor
- Nathalie Lavoine, Assistant Professor
- Lucian Lucia, Associate Professor
- Lokendra Pal, Associate Professor
- Sunkyu Park, E.J. Woody Rice Associate Professor
- Joel Pawlak, Associate Professor
- Richard Venditti, Elis-Signe Olsson Professor