Research at the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech includes focus on lignin and cellulose to create biochemicals – and on the processes to generate those chemicals. Our faculty is working along the value chain from the initial conversion of woody plant material into fiber, cellulose components and lignin, and into common precursor molecules such as sugars. We are working on technology and economic innovations in catalytic, enzymatic and biological refining processes. We are converting woody material into advanced, versatile chemicals and fuels.
Fundamental research is enabling the engineering of new enzymes that can more effectively convert biomass into sugars and other valued chemicals. Research at the cellular level to modify the digestion pathways within organisms such as yeasts is driving advances in biofuels and biochemicals. And research developing novel catalytic methods is enabling conversion of sugars and biomass into other useful building-block molecules for plastics and feedstock chemicals.
At RBI, we are developing new process technology to increase the efficiency of existing approaches for making valued chemicals from biomass.