Over the past decade, Georgia Tech has broadened its bioproducts research beyond pulp and paper to include technologies that produce chemicals, biofuels and new material products from forest raw materials. As a result, Georgia Tech is now positioned to better serve the development of new forest-based economies and enhance the global competitiveness of companies operating in a variety of markets.
The Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI) at the Georgia Institute of Technology is known as the premier research institute for the transformation of biomaterials into new products – including traditional and new forest products, renewable energy, chemicals, advanced materials and pharmaceuticals.
Professor Art Ragauskas prepares samples containing
cellulose, lignin, and hemicellulose for analysis using
advanced nuclear magnetic resonance techniques.
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In June 2014, the Renewable Bioproducts Institute was formed from the former Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST). IPST was created in 1929 to provide science, technology and education in support of the pulp and paper industry. The newly named Renewable Bioproducts Institute builds upon the proud history and success of IPST, expanding its focus to include biorefining, biochemicals and bioproducts.
RBI is focused on leveraging its capabilities and access to world-class research personnel to provide solutions to strategic, economic, scientific, and technical challenges facing government and industry. In addition to business and technical solutions, RBI's research develops the next generation of forest products industry leaders through graduate programs in Paper Science and Engineering.