Paper Science and Technology
The paper industry in North America is in the midst of radical change that has expanded interest in seeking the knowledge and understanding necessary to develop new technologies and adapt current technologies to meet future needs.
Georgia Tech's paper science and technology initiative was launched to provide solutions to the strategic, economic, and technical challenges then facing the forest products and paper industries. Today, these paper science and technology efforts have expanded to include a focus on providing solutions to scientific challenges facing the forest products and paper industries. Georgia Tech intimately understands the issues the industry is facing and is involved in a collaborative effort to find solutions to address these challenges.
Professor Art Ragauskas prepares samples containing
cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose for analysis using
advanced nuclear magnetic resonance techniques.
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Leading the effort at Georgia Tech is the U.S. pulp and paper industry’s top research and development organization, the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST), founded in 1929. IPST’s three-part mission includes developing renewable 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.
Evolving to meet industry needs, IPST and Georgia Tech have formed a research and development capability that builds on the strategic resources of the Institute 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.