Renewable Research = Sustainable Growth.


The Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech builds on nearly a century of research to advance business opportunities based on renewable resources for today and tomorrow.

Renewable Revolution

Building on nearly a century of lignocellulosics research, we are the premier research institute at Georgia Tech for the transformation of biomaterials into new products, including traditional and new forest products, renewable energy, chemicals, advanced materials and pharmaceuticals. Renewable bioproducts are enhancing the portfolios of a range of industries, including automotive, pulp and paper, aerospace, defense and consumer products.

Refining Performance

With the development of each new generation of products, we answer the call of industry to make those products more durable, reliable, lighter and temperature resistant. The brightest minds in research hand-in-hand with our industry partners are pursuing performance breakthroughs in the refining of forest and agricultural biomass into new, cost-effective products with enhanced performance.

Emphasizing Collaboration

In order to enable companies to seize new opportunities, RBI is creating an innovation ecosystem that brings together education, research, government and industry in unique ways. Our vision is to create and strengthen collaborative partnerships, both internally and externally. This maximizes the impact of our research in real-world applications across the new bioeconomy in wide-ranging bioproducts markets.


Research Focus Areas 


The Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI) specializes in the development of sustainable manufacturing processes to produce new value-added products from forest biomass with specific focus on addressing challenges for future high margin/high volume products from that biomass.


Bioproducts research at RBI builds on decades of experience collaborating with pulp and paper manufacturers – extending today into a broad array of industries interested in creating value from forest and agricultural materials. Our team of premier researchers is helping companies become more efficient and cost effective in their operations – and develop value added products for the future.