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PAL Research GroupA Leader in Sustainable Materials Research and Advanced Manufacturing Innovation with Strong Industry and Public Partnership

Innovations in Multi-scale Bio-based Materials for a Sustainable Future, Enhancing Human Health, and Industry 4.0 Applications

  • Functionalization of Lignocellulose and Nanocellulose: Developing methods for the sustainable synthesis and functionalization of these materials
    • Development of Functional Barrier Materials: Creating alternatives to traditional plastics and fluorochemicals for oil, gas, moisture, and water barrier applications.
    • Innovations in Lightweight and Flexible Materials: Developing eco-friendly substitutes for Styrofoam and other conventional materials.
    • Antimicrobial Biomaterials for Self-Disinfection: Producing materials that offer antibacterial, antibiofilm, and sterilization properties as alternatives to metal nanoparticles.
    • Smart Stimuli-Responsive Materials: Crafting materials for advanced applications in sensing, bioadhesion, and optical technologies, serving as alternatives to traditional analog systems.
  • Advances in AI and Smart Manufacturing: Integrating cutting-edge technologies to revolutionize biomaterial manufacturing.
    • AI-Driven Synthesis and Manufacturing of Bio-based Materials: Leveraging artificial intelligence to enhance the production of biomaterials.
    • Green Chemical Production of Lignocellulosic Fibers: Utilizing renewable resources for applications in tissue and hygiene, smart packaging, flexible electronics, and 3D printable materials, promoting a circular economy.
    • Efficient Dewatering and Drying of Lignocellulose: Optimizing dewatering and drying processes to improve energy use, machine efficiency, and product quality.
  • Applications in Tissue and Hygiene, Smart Packaging, Flexible Electronics, and 3D Printing: Exploring the diverse uses of biomaterials across various industries.

Check out below links to selected highlights of PAL Research Group projects


  •  Advanced Renewable Materials Innovation (ARMI)
  •  Lignocellulosics Engineering to Advance Dewatering (LEAD)
  • Valorize Forestry and Agriculture Residues-based Materials (V-FARM)
  • Waste to Advance Low-Cost Lignocellulose Innovations for Energy (WALLI-E)
  • Multi-sensory Augmented Nanoscale Temporal Imaging and Spectroscopy (MANTIS)
  • Artificial Intelligence-Visual Imaging & Spectral Imaging Optical Neural Networks (AI-VISIONN)
  • Sustainable Alternatives to Plastics Packaging and Harvesting of Indigenous Renewable Energy (SAPPHIRE)
  • Integrated Techno-Economics and Life-cycle Analysis (In-TELCA)