Research

PAL Research Group  – A Leader in Sustainable Materials Research and Advanced Manufacturing Innovation with Strong Industry and Public Partnership

Advances in Multi-scale Biomaterials for the Sustainable Future, Human Health, and Industry 4.0

  • Sustainable synthesis and functionalization of lignocellulose and nanocellulose materials
  • Advanced manufacturing and green chemical transformation of biomaterials
  • Tissue and hygiene, smart packaging, flexible electronics and 3D printable materials

Sustainable synthesis and functionalization of lignocellulose and nanocellulose materials for

  • Functional barrier materials for OGR, OTR, MVTR, and water absorption – alternative to plastics and fluorochemicals
  • Light weight/flexible materials – alternative to Styrofoam
  • Antimicrobial materials for self-disinfection, antibiofilm and sterilization – alternative to metal nanoparticles
  • Smart stimuli-responsive materials for sensing, switchable bioadhesion and optics– alternative to analog systems

Advanced manufacturing and green chemical transformation of biomaterials

  • Green chemically-generated lignocellulosic fibers for tissue and hygiene, smart packaging, flexible electronics and 3D printable materials – exploiting renewable resources for a circular economy 
  • Lignocellulose dewatering and drying for enhanced energy and machine efficiency and quality
  • Smart manufacturing innovation utilizing industry 4.0 technologies

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

RESEARCH THURSTS

  •  Advanced Renewable Materials Innovation (ARMI)
  •  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)