Advanced Renewable Materials

Welcome to the Advanced Renewable Materials lab website! Our lab develops innovative materials that have a positive impact on the environment. Led by Dr. Scott Renneckar, we focus on using plant-based polymers to create materials that utilize captured carbon dioxide, permanently removing it from the atmosphere.
At our lab, we work with a variety of natural materials, such as cellulose, lignin, and hemicellulose, to create sustainable products for a range of applications, from packaging to building materials. We aim to create materials that are not only eco-friendly but also high-performing by harnessing the power of nature.

Our Interests

Our goal is to construct a sustainable future with the design of renewable building blocks harvested from nature. In doing so, we attempt to make significant contributions in the field of sustainable and non-toxic materials, while training the highest quality student researchers. We explore the deconstruction and reassembly of biomass, capturing the essence of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in making functional materials. The research program provides increased value to the forest products and agricultural industries through differentiation of biomass into new products, like bioplastics, films, and high performance carbon fibers, while reducing dependence on fossil-based carbon for materials.

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