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The Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI) at the Georgia Institute of Technology is focused on becoming the premier research institute for the transformation of biomaterials into new products, including traditional and new forest products, renewable energy, chemicals, advanced materials and pharmaceuticals. We help companies from various industries gain a competitive edge through research innovation and education.

In May 2014, the Renewable Bioproducts Institute was formed from the former Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST). IPST was created in 1929 to provide science, technology and education in support of the pulp and paper industry. The newly named Renewable Bioproducts Institute builds upon the proud history and success of IPST, expanding its focus to include biorefining, biochemicals and bioproducts.

RBI is an industrial research and development center strategically integrated within the vast resources of the Georgia Institute of Technology. RBI is focused on leveraging its capabilities and access to world-class research personnel to provide solutions to strategic, economic, scientific, and technical challenges facing government and industry.

In addition to business and technical solutions, RBI's research develops the next generation of forest products industry leaders through graduate programs in Paper Science and Engineering. Our students pursue Master of Science and PhD degrees conferred by Georgia Tech. There are currently fifty funded graduate students, and there were 6 Ph.D and 4 MS Paper Science and Engineering degrees awarded in 2012-2013.

RBI’s research and educational activities are driven by cross-cutting support services in laboratory analysis, the Center for Business and Industry Studies, environment and sustainability, and policy. I invite you to join us, virtually and in person, in our pursuits as we explore a fascinating future.

Norman Marsolan, Ph. D.

Norman Marsolan, BS, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University, was appointed Director of the Institute in November, 2009. Marsolan was Director of Research & Development at International Paper Company after having held leadership and management assignments in process control, technology, and operations.  Marsolan was on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University (1976-1988) and served as Director of Engineering Research and Graduate Studies.   He is the immediate past chair of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).

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