A more sustainable society requires that we use more renewable materials to make the products we need rather than continue to depend on oil and other non-renewable materials. The demand for a greener future is at the heart of the WS&E department and especially of our degree programs. Please use this site as your entry into the research, teaching and outreach programs at OSU that support that vision.
We offer an undergraduate degree program in RENEWABLE MATERIALSto educate and train the next generation of leaders and innovators for exciting and diverse careers that will make a difference toward a sustainable future. Our degree program is accredited by SWST.
One day a few years ago, Kaichang Li was at the Oregon Coast harvesting mussels. When the day was over, in addition to mussels, he returned to Corvallis with questions that led to development of an environmentally friendly wood glue.
Anyone in the market for some green plywood or green carpet tiles? I'm not talking about redecorating with an Irish motif, it's the infusion of some green chemistry into the manufacturing process that makes these "green" products appealing. Green chemistry is red hot these days, as it should be. What is it?
Take for instance, the research of Lech Muszynski, at Oregon State University. He's come up with a way to use the same kind of woody debris that renewable energy producers are eyeing for biomass power, and instead meld that material with plastic.