Driving Industry Improvements
Pulping and bleaching are an important process for turning raw materials like wood and grasses into paper or other commercial products. The Department of Forest Biomaterials pursues fundamental and applied research related to the characterization and manipulation of genetics for improved wood properties and enhanced pulping and bleaching techniques. Our specialties include lignin chemical characterization, novel analytical methods, solvent systems for cellulosic materials and biomass conversion to chemical intermediates.
Our research is vital to the future of the pulp and paper industries. Our research helps drive industry to increase efficiency and market value. Examples of recent projects include integrating black liquor gasification into a kraft mill and developing process modifications to pulping and bleaching to increase cost-competitiveness of these processes.
Wood, Pulping and Bleaching Chemistry Research Features
Industrial Hemp: A More Sustainable Option for the Hygiene Industry
NC State researchers are using industrial hemp to develop tissue paper and other products, which could help make the hygiene industry more sustainable.
Meet our Wood, Pulping and Bleaching Chemistry Faculty
Interested in wood, pulping and bleaching research? Contact our faculty to learn more and get involved.