But while the microorganisms can be grown in solution, capturing the pigments has required the use of toxic solvents, said Sara Robinson, an assistant professor in the OSU College of Forestry. Robinson has now found a way to use oils to harvest the pigments, and OSU has applied for a provisional patent on the technique.
Why a BS in Renewable Materials?
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 MATERIALS to 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.