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Paper Tricentennial Building, home of RBI. points to RBI's capability to use biopolymers for 3D printing of objects including human hearts, ears, and other body parts. COMMUNICATING RESULTS The results of RBI's research projects are distributed in various ways. Those funded by sponsors are often proprietary and not available for publication for years, while endowment- and consortium-sponsored work is distributed, with permission, directly by RBI through publications, conferences, or Georgia Tech's SMARTech (smartech.gatech.edu), a fully discoverable repository of publications. Publishing scholarly papers is extremely important to RBI faculty, as those pursuing tenure are heavily judged by the "impact factor" of the journals in which they publish; faculty members frequently publish in highly-regarded publications such as Nature and Science. Marsolan cites with enthusiasm the technical conferences that RBI conducts using its own faculty, students, and invited speakers. "At our last conference we had 150 attendees, including one paper company participant who stated 'This is all you could want in a conference.'" The 2017 conference will be held March 7-8 on the Georgia Tech campus. THE NEED FOR PARTNERSHIPS Pulp and paper research institutions and universities in North America are feeling the pinch as faculty, students, and funding are being drawn to industries and technologies 22 perceived to be more exciting. As a result, many have lost capabilities in traditional pulp and paper areas. "As an example, Georgia Tech has more depth in nanocellulosic materials than in tissue," says Marsolan. "The core pulp and paper technology capability for this vibrant and evolving industry must be sustained and grown. It is an opportunity that must be addressed by the institute and the industry." Marsolan says that a research university will choose to invest in areas where there is perceived to be a significant cash flow and future demand for graduates. "The decline in industry research investment, and in the recruiting of candidates with advanced degrees, has led to a regrettable decline in many traditional pulp and paper programs." No single research institute today has the complete breadth of technology competency to serve the industry, so Marsolan feels there is a need for partnerships among research institutions and industry. In the past, RBI has collaborated with such universities and institutes as KTH, Innventia, and Chalmers in Sweden and VTT in Finland. Part of the institute's endowment also supports an exchange program between Georgia Tech and schools in Sweden. RBI has also joined other institutes and schools on applications for federal grants. "There is a lot of interest in federal and industry funding to support a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and one grant involves reducing energy consumption in the pulp and paper industry," reports Marsolan. "There's a broad network of pulp and paper universities collaborating for this funding." Regarding partnerships with the pulp and paper industry, despite the fact that RBI is a major player in research, it lists only 15 industry member companies. "We certainly would welcome more companies as members," says Marsolan. "RBI is unique, our value propositions are compelling, the dues are reasonable, and members have an opportunity to help determine the direction of our research." LAYING THE FOUNDATION According to Marsolan, all research institutes and universities need to be more aggressive about promoting the value they offer, and about getting pulp and paper companies and other industries to the table to engage in conversation about what the future might hold. "I salute companies that invest in building academic capability in core technology," says Marsolan. "A year ago, International Paper Paper360º SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 announced a multimillion-dollar gift to Mississippi State to help sustain and develop competencies and academic programs. Another fine example is Dow Chemical's investment of US$250 million in a number of universities to boost the number of traditional chemical engineering graduates for industry, in light of federal and private research funding for other specialties such as biomedical research. "Partnerships are essential to lay the foundation for R&D here and elsewhere," says Marsolan. "Action on the part of the pulp and paper industry to invest in expertise, competency, and facilities will sustain these platforms for future generations. If we were to lose them, that loss would not be easily reversed." Glenn Ostle is editor emeritus of Paper360° magazine and can be reached at: gostle@tappi.org. DR. NORMAN F. MARSOLAN, PH.D. Executive Director, Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech Marsolan was appointed executive director of RBI in November 2009. He retired from International Paper in 2008 after serving as director of research and development as well as in leadership and management assignments in process control, technology and operations. For 12 years Marsolan was on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University (Ruston) serving as professor of chemical engineering and director of engineering research and graduate studies. He is a past chair of TAPPI and a TAPPI Fellow. www.tappi.org http://www.tappi.org

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 - Setpoint
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Over the Wire
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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 - RBI: Transforming to Meet the Industry’s Research Needs
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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Paper Schools: Forging the Future
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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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Paper360 - September/October 2016 - Life Cycle of the US Paper Industry
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