Pulp and Paper Centre

The Pulp and Paper Centre houses collaborative post-graduate research and education programs of The University of British Columbia (UBC).  The research program consists of graduate student research supervised by FPInnovations and UBC faculty holding cross-appointments with each organization. Graduate students are assigned office and laboratory space in the Centre. MSc, MASc and PhD degrees are offered through 6 departments of the University of British Columbia. These include the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metals and Materials Engineering, and Chemistry. We also Have faculty associates in faculties of Forestry, Science and School of Architecture.

The research has a strong focus on engineering,with research supervisors drawn from five engineering departments.

Areas of emphasis include:

  • Biomaterials production,
  • Biofuels and energy,
  • Product development and
  • Sustainable fibre production.

Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Bi, Xiaotao Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Chemical engineering; Biomass and Bioenergy; Electrostatics of Powders; Fluidization; Fuel Cells Water Management; Green Engineering; Industrial Symbiosis; Life Cycle Analysis; Multiphase Chemical Reactors; Particle technology
Cranston, Emily Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nanoparticle synthesis, properties and applications; Bio-based materials and nanocellulose; Atomic force microscopy (forces, adhesion, friction, imaging); Colloid and interface science; Polymer chemistry; Cellulose nanocrystals; Bioproducts; Foams, emulsions, aerogels
Gopaluni, Bhushan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Modelling and experiment design, identification for control
Green, Sheldon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fluid Mechanics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; building ventilation; railroads; papermaking
Martinez, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Chemical engineering; Complex fluids; Flow visualization; Fluid mechanics
Olson, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Application of Physics and Fluid Mechanics to Problems Associated with the Pulp and Paper Industry, Mechanical Energy Reduction in Mechanical Pulping
Renneckar, Scott Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Advanced renewable materials, biopolymer structure characterization, Clean fractionation of biomass, Electrospinning Fibers, Nanocellulose, Self-assembly of biopolymers
Rojas, Orlando Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nanopolysaccharides (based on cellulose, chitin, starches and others); Bacterial nanocelluloses; Cellulose derivatives; Lignins, colloidal lignins, nanolignins and their uses; Renewable biopolymers (hemicelluloses, proteins, chitin and chitosan, alginates and others); Multiphase systems (emulsions, foams, dispersed systems), gels, aerogels; Films, filaments and hybrid materials; Nanocomposites; Bioactive systems; Fiber processing; Pulp and paper
Trajano, Heather Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Chemical engineering; Biomass (Energy); Wood; Pulp and paper; Biochemicals; Biomass extractives recovery and utilization; Biorefining; catalysis; Hemicellulose; Kinetics; Pretreatment