Our very own Yohanna White who volunteers with Middle School future Engineers helped her girls create and program robots… and then teach them how to dance!

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Do not be alarmed, but you may be eating wood pulp. Or at least an additive that started out as wood.

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A direct path from cellulose to hexane has the potential to simplify routes for turning biomass into aromatic compounds like benzene or into isohexane, a component of gasoline, says Bert Sels of Catholic University of Leuven, in Belgium, who was not involved with the research. Such a process could effectively replace petroleum as a starting material for those chemicals. Some scientists have worked on catalysts to break cellulose into molecules of glucose, which can then be transformed into other chemicals. However, converting cellulose...

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3 Jul 2014

Lignin as a Value-added Product

West Fraser’s Hinton pulp mill will be the first in Canada to extract lignin from its black liquor recovery stream at commercial scale using the LignoForce process developed by FPInnovations and NORAM Engineering.  Read more…

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Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels. About half of the investment will be in Asia, the region where power capacity will grow the most, according to the forecasts in a report released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance today. That will help global carbon dioxide emissions peak by the end of the next decade the London-based researcher...

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Savannah, GA June 14, 2014 – The Herty Advanced Materials Development Center is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2014 Innovation in Nonwovens Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the nonwovens industry.  The Innovation in Nonwovens Award recognizes individuals who are advancing the industry and changing the world we live in through the development of innovative product solutions. The award was presented at NETInc 2014, a premier leading technical conference hosted by TAPPI.  This year’s award was presented to...

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30 Apr 2014

Herty Obtains ISO 9001:2008 Recertification

Savannah, Ga, April 30, 2014 – The Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, a part of Georgia Southern University, is pleased to announce that it has been independently audited and recertified to fulfill the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 standard. This registration applies to Herty’s quality system involved in the manufacture and testing of client products. Herty first obtained its certification in October 2008 and recently completed a tri-annual recertification audit in February 2014.  While it is not a requirement of...

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As part of the national observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Forest Service today announced that it is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management. Also today, the Forest Service released a Wood Energy Financial App for use by community and business leaders seeking to replace fossil fuel with wood energy. The U.S. Forest Service published in the Federal Register the announcement of requests for proposals under the Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy Grant program. The program will...

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21 Apr 2014

Herty Announces Organizational Changes

Savannah, Ga, April 21, 2014 – The Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, a part of Georgia Southern University, announced today the appointment of a new Director of Advanced Materials, Dr. Walter Chappas. In his new role, Dr. Chappas will lead Herty’s contract manufacturing and contract R&D in wet-laid nonwovens, short-fiber composites and new product development. Reporting to the President & CEO, Alexander Koukoulas, PhD, the Director of Advanced Materials will be responsible for on-going contract manufacturing and contract R&D projects...

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The Georgia Southern University Annual Research Symposium, a showcase of student and faculty research, will be held on April 15-16. The symposium includes speakers, poster and presentation sessions from all academic disciplines. Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, will be the keynote speaker.

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