Research Opportunities

The Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering, which is hosted within the Department of Chemical Engineering, has a complete, controlled-conditioned, wet-test laboratory for chemically and physically evaluating pulp and paper. The center also has a pilot sized microfluidizer capable of producing both micro and nanofibrillated cellulose. Their research covers fundamental and applied research focused on industry needs, with emphasis on advanced manufacturing technologies and value-added byproducts.


Current research projects include:

Advanced manufacturing technologies

  • Improved kraft pulping efficiency
  • Bleaching process intensification
  • Balance of pulping and refining for linerboard and medium fibers
  • Entrained air measurement and its application for brown stock washer control
  • Implementation of near-neutral chlorine dioxide brightening technology

Value-added byproducts:

  • Applying oxidation chemistry for lignin valorization
  • Conversion of mill sludge to lactic acid
  • Conversion of lignin to battery-grade graphite
  • NFC/MFC from non-wood fibers and paper mill waste for strength and barrier property enhancement, and for oil absorption

The center also offers a range of research services to the pulp and paper and allied industries which may involve students from our program to get experience in these industry aligned research and testing projects.

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