Biobased Materials Science

The Biobased Materials Program strives to develop the core materials of this age:
biobased materials, and to cultivate researchers and scientists who will usher in a new generation of new materials science/materials engineering. Biobased materials are defined as those produced through new processes employing plants and other renewable biomass resources.

To develop these biobased materials, the realization of the following are required:

  1. Methods to comprehend and effectively use such raw materials as plant resources with particular emphasis on microbial resources and biomaterials
  2. Methods of chemical and biological manipulation to produce practicable materials from raw materials
  3. Methods of feedback to promote material development through elucidation of the correlation between the characteristics of materials, especially microstructures, and functional expression
  4. Methods of processing to produce manufactured products such as fiber and plastic.

This program, in addition to developing, in students, an understanding of the fundamental fields of organic chemistry, biochemistry, macromolecular chemistry and physics; environmentally-relevant chemistry, living organism-relevant chemistry, material chemistry, fiber chemistry, process engineering, biofunction/bioprocess science, biological science, applied microbiology, bio-macromolecular science, nano material science and nano-bio science, among others; will nurture human resources with an understanding of the synthesis of a wide range of scientific fields.