Renewable Research = Sustainable Growth.


The Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech builds on nearly a century of lignocellulosics 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


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.



  • Punctuating the Messages Encoded in Human Genome with Transposable Elements

    A new study provides a perspective on the role that retrotransposable elements play in the precise execution of the human genome’s regulatory program. This study found that one particular class of RTEs – Mammalian-wide Interspersed Repeats (MIRs) – can serve as genetic landmarks that help to target specific regulatory mechanisms to a large number of genomic sites and thereby lead to the coordinated regulation of the genes located nearby these sites.

  • Sol-gel Capacitor Dielectric Offers Record-high Energy Storage

    Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density. 

  • Smart Hydrogel Coating Creates “Stick-slip” Control of Capillary Action

    Coating the inside of glass microtubes with a polymer hydrogel material dramatically alters the way capillary forces draw water into the tiny structures, researchers have found. The discovery could provide a new way to control microfluidic systems, including popular lab-on-a-chip devices.

  • Ultra-thin Hollow Nanocages Could Reduce Platinum Use in Fuel Cell Electrodes

    A new fabrication technique that produces platinum hollow nanocages with ultra-thin walls could dramatically reduce the amount of the costly metal needed to provide catalytic activity in such applications as fuel cells.