Paper Science and Engineering

The Paper Science and Engineering track is designed for graduate study specializing in areas such as: the chemistry and biotechnology of lignocellulosic materials; material science of paper and fiber products; paper recycling; energy and manufacturing efficiency in the pulp and paper making process; novel and environmentally friendly pulping and bleaching, transport processes through porous media, surface and colloid science of papermaking; chemical engineering applications in pulp and paper processes; and statistical process control.

Faculty in Paper Science and Engineering

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Sample Coursework

The NRSM program does not prescribe specific coursework to its students, beyond a one-credit seminar (FNRM 8107). Each student, working with his or her advisor and exam committee, develops a program of coursework that meets the needs of his or her specific research project and, ultimately, his or her career goals. See below for a list of courses that are representative of coursework taken by students within this track. When developing a well-rounded degree plan, most students also consider coursework listed under other NRSM tracks (see other Area of Study webpages for examples of coursework within those tracks), or within other departments at the university. 

  • BBE 5001 - Chemistry of Biomass and Biomass Conversion to Fuels and Products
  • BBE 5023 - Process Control and Instrumentation
  • BBE 5301 - Applied Surface and Colloid Science
  • BBE 5302 - Biodegradation of Bioproducts
  • BBE 5303 - Introduction to Bio-based Materials Science
  • BBE 5305 - Pulp and Paper Technology
  • BBE 5401 - Bioproducts Engineering
  • BBE 5402 - Bio-based Products Engineering Lab I
  • BBE 5403 - Bio-based Products Engineering Lab II
  • BBE 5404 - Biopolymers and Biocomposites Engineering
  • BBE 5412 - Biocomposites and Biomass Energy
  • BBE 5608 - Environmental and Industrial Microbiology
  • BBE 5713 - Biological Process Engineering
  • BBE 5733 - Renewable Energy Technologies
  • BBE 8001 - Grad Seminar I
  • BBE 8002 - Grad Seminar II
  • BBE 8013 - Parameter Estimation
  • BBE 8300 - Research Problems (DRS)
  • CHEM 5210 - Materials Characterization
  • ESPM 5609 - Air Pollution 
  • FR 5104 - Forest Ecology
  • GRAD 8101 - Teaching in Higher Education
  • ME 5228 - Introduction to Finite Element Modeling, Analysis, and Design

Statistics and Related Methods Coursework