Paper Science and Technology
North America’s paper industry is in the midst of radical change that has expanded interest in the knowledge necessary to develop new technologies and adapt current technologies to meet future needs.
Founded in 1929, Georgia Tech's Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST) is, today, leading efforts to provide solutions to the strategic, economic, and technical challenges facing the forest products and paper industries. IPST’s three-part mission includes developing renewable products and sustainable new products, such as nanocellulose and biocomposites, from forest biomass; facilitating new areas of biorefining (chemicals and fuels) to enrich the industry’s product portfolio; and adopting operational excellence strategies to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Professor Art Ragauskas prepares samples containing
cellulose, lignin, and hemicellulose for analysis using
advanced nuclear magnetic resonance techniques.
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Evolving to meet industry needs, Georgia Tech’s IPST has formed a research and development capability that builds on the Institute’s strategic resources and fosters partnerships with other academic institutions and industry partners.
In addition to business and technical solutions, Georgia Tech is developing the next generation of leadership for the forest products industry through graduate programs in paper science and engineering.