A growing number of companies are treating “sustainability” as an important objective in their strategy and operations to increase growth and global competitiveness. This trend has reached well beyond the small niche of those who traditionally positioned themselves as “green,” and now includes prominent businesses across a variety of different industry sectors.
RBI is focused on the development of sustainable manufacturing processes that produce value-added products from forest biomass. Our areas of interest include addressing technological barriers for future processes and new products from forest biomaterials. This effort includes lower energy manufacturing and new scope biorefineries and nanocellulose production technologies.
In the area of nanocellulose our research includes the characterization, uniformity, separations/dewatering technologies and re-dispersion while maintaining unique material properties. But at Georgia Tech, we go so much farther. There are more than a dozen faculty at on campus who are pushing the limits of the potential of nanocellulose and its applications. This area of sustainable manufacturing can have an epic impact on our world.