The Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech offers top students an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research to advance technologies and applications in the bioeconomy, advised by world-recognized experts and supported by four-year graduate research fellowships.
The revolution of the industry to expand into bioproducts has the unlimited potential to create new jobs and move our nation towards a more sustainable economy by focusing on the production of biochemicals and biofuels, biomaterials and their applications, and other products made from renewable resources as well as on the efficiency of pulp and paper production.
In 2014, the Georgia Institute of Technology received a major grant from the Institute of Paper Chemistry Foundation (IPCF). One of the largest gifts in Georgia Tech’s history, it affirmed the Institute’s position as the leading driver in the forest bioproducts arena. RBI has one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating programs in Paper Science & Engineering. Since our inception in 1929, we have been at the forefront of concentrated research efforts within the paper and pulp industries—leaders is biorefining long before the term was coined.
Each year, the RBI Endowment offers up to ten four-year fellowships to eligible students through faculty who have applied for and been awarded funding. The Endowment supports more than 40 students each year in their faculty-directed research. Our students come from a variety of fields, including Chemistry & Biochemistry, Materials Science & Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
We emphasize fundamental engineering science and engineering skills in the bioprocessing, biomaterials, and biochemistry industries, with specialization in the pulp, paper and allied industries. Offerings include courses in biorenewable and sustainable chemistry, and emerging technologies in forest bioproducts, as well as in traditional areas of applied chemistry, industrial bioprocessing/biotechnology, chemical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, and pulp and paper technology.
The PSE academic program’s educational offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels prepare students for leadership roles in the paper and bioproducts industries. An on-line Master’s in Manufacturing Leadership for working engineers was launched in 2015, which may be of interest to students who have entered the professional world.