Forest-derived biopolymers lignin and cellulose are abundant, renewable, and sustainable materials that offer potential solutions to meet current and emerging societal needs. Materials research within the Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI) focuses on research and educational capabilities on improving manufacturing processes and developing the next generation of forest-derived products. Georgia Tech’s materials science expertise is advancing the potential of renewable, sustainable, recyclable forest-derived materials.
Nanocellulosic composites are providing viable substitutes for petroleum and plastics products used in many industry sectors. Biomaterials made from cellulose nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibrils have recently been shown to offer high-strength properties in a given environment is very important for many application. Whether it is a structural component or containment for any industrial process, and especially in the chemical process industry, corrosion or environmental degradation of materials is an important consideration.
Research activities of the Corrosion and Materials Chemistry Research Laboratory (CMCRL) at Georgia Tech are focused on corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, high temperature oxidation, and other forms of environmentally-induced degradation of metallic materials are pursued to make thermodynamic predictions and model corrosion processes.