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year, about half of whom go into pulp and paper manufacturer or supplier companies, and the rest to federal laboratories, the petrochemical industries, or academia. Research affiliate Nikita Kevlich and Dr. Marsolan keep watch on a black liquor membrane experimental unit. you call yourself as what you do.' We are the only graduate research institute founded and funded by the industry, for the industry." A generous endowment supports RBI students drawn from four schools, which provides them with an interdisciplinary opportunity. The institute also offers specialized laboratory analyses with industry-specific expertise and equipment, and is structured within a worldclass research university with a full breadth of science and engineering capability and every support function and facility needed to see a project through to commercialization. CHOOSING RESEARCH PROJECTS The RBI process for selecting research projects is well defined. It begins with the executive director sending a request for proposals (RFP) annually to Georgia Tech faculty members from academic departments, including chemical and biomolecular engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, and others. The RFP is based on Georgia Tech's perception of opportunities as well as input from RBI member companies; government agencies; industry associations such as the American Forest & Paper Association, TAPPI, and Agenda 2020; and other key constituencies and sources. Proposals are typically due in early spring and project selections and grants are announced in May. The faculty then recruits students to conduct the research, most often over a four-year period (Ph.D. candidates) and sometimes for a two-year period (master's degree candidates). "Agenda 2020 is the most valuable program representing the research priorities of the pulp and paper industry," claims Marsolan (see related article on page 14). "It helps us identify priorities for our immediate future, and we communicate its findings among the Georgia Tech faculty. This influences the RFP for endowed fellowships and also the broader Georgia Tech R&D agenda. In addition, we are about to put together a series of small seed grants to faculty, sponsored by member companies, to directly address proposals suggested by Agenda 2020." Recently, RBI has improved its process for engaging member companies in endowment fellowships, 10 of which are awarded each year. "Our goal is to translate industry problems and find the right resources on campus that have the skill sets to address them," says Marsolan. The program produces about eight to 10 Ph.D. graduates per MAJOR PROJECTS Today, research projects at RBI are much broader than in the past, due to the expansion of the scope of bio-research. Projects fit into three strategic areas: operational excellence in pulp, paper, and packaging (manufacturing and products); biomaterials and nanocellulose; and biochemicals and biofuels. "Not every project is paper-related, but all are forest-related," says Marsolan. "This includes conversion of biomaterials into value-added products, such as paper used as medium for printed electronics, enhanced dissolving pulp, and biofuels. We are creating new biomaterials, and nanocellulose plays a big part. We're looking for ways to make bio-based materials that are more friendly to the environment. "We essentially take a tree apart to make new chemicals, biochemicals, substitutes for petroleum-based products, and new chemistries with attributes for the future," he adds. "Look out 10 years and you'll see that the paper market is going to be a little different-less communication paper, more packaging and tissue. But we will also see more forest biomaterial being used for other value-added products." Currently, RBI has 43 endowed graduate research projects in the works as well as industry-sponsored research consortia into black liquor concentration using membrane technology (sponsored by five member companies) and a water re-use project (supported by three member companies). Marsolan also A variety of products 3D-printed using a biopolymer material. Paper360º SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - September/October 2016

Setpoint
Over the Wire
Agenda 2020 Launches ‘Roadmaps’ to Efficiency, Sustainability, and New Product Goals
RBI: Transforming to Meet the Industry’s Research Needs
Paper Schools: Forging the Future
PPI Top 100
RISI’s Latin American CEO of the Year
Automation Upgrade Helps Sappi Gratkorn Perform
Innovative Direct Drive in a Turnkey-rebuilt Project
Klingele Papierwerke Saves Money, ‘Foils’ Stickies
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Life Cycle of the US Paper Industry
TAPPI News
ASPI News
Index of Advertisers
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Agenda 2020 Launches ‘Roadmaps’ to Efficiency, Sustainability, and New Product Goals
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - RISI’s Latin American CEO of the Year
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Automation Upgrade Helps Sappi Gratkorn Perform
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Innovative Direct Drive in a Turnkey-rebuilt Project
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Klingele Papierwerke Saves Money, ‘Foils’ Stickies
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - TAPPI Journal Summaries
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