Materials and Bioeconomy

Platform Overview

The Materials and Bioeconomy Platform seeks to develop new ideas, materials and products to utilize our forest resources and organic waste streams.

Discovering higher value opportunities in Minnesota’s forest and waste stream resources keeps money in the state and promotes efficient use of resources. This research supports the state’s foundational forest products industry with innovation and new product development.

Research Programs

To advance the economic return from Minnesota's forest harvest by developing value-added products. 

Advancing the low carbon economy by developing methods to convert biomass into energy resources.

To research, develop and commercialize potentially useful natural products

Sustainable building materials development, reuse and testing.

Working to establish a diverse and sustainable industry for Minnesota that serves multiple markets for biochar and bio-carbon materials.

Featured Research Projects

Demonstration of a Thermally Modified Eastern Larch Boardwalk to Catalyze New Markets for Low-value Timber.

Recent News

Chemists patent novel binder material from waste resources for a variety of applications.

Shared goals of a bioeconomy for Minnesota drives relationship between Advisory Board member and NRRI.

Industry partner gets NRRI assistance to add value and improve byproduct for more efficient use.

Manufacturing association turns to NRRI to test trending wall-mounted cabinets.

NRRI and Washington State University are working together to promote innovations in cross-laminated strand veneer lumber using a heat treatment process.

Last sale up north of materials from deconstructed homes: Oct. 23 & 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2024 Carnegie Street, Oliver WI. Just over the bridge from Gary-New Duluth.