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.

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WS&E News

Corvallis company striving to introduce first formaldehyde-free, bio-based adhesive for manufacturing particleboard and other wood products

“For 60 years, formaldehyde off-gassing has been an issue with urea-formaldehyde, the most common adhesive used in a particleboard and fiberboard,” said Fred Kamke, OSU professor of wood science and engineering and director of the Green Building Materials Lab, an Oregon BEST Lab on the OSU campus. “Although emissions have been reduced dramatically over the years, formaldehyde is still being emitted and some markets are demanding formaldehyde-free solutions.”

Fungal pigments provide commercial opportunity for paint and dye manufacturers

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.

The Race for the Wood Skyscraper Starts Here

"It's going to take some time to build up the infrastructure here to compete with materials already being used," said Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Eventually, the Pacific Northwest could be home to a half-dozen manufacturers, Maness said. 




WSE Seminar Series: Shahlinney Lipeh, PhD Candidate

Global trends in timber utilization are shifting towards harvests of younger, smaller diameter trees originating from more intensively managed forests. The wood from these trees is perceived as less suitable in terms of wood properties, including resistance to attack by fungi and insects.…


Wood Based Products from Oil Palm Trunks - from idea to reality: Co-operation of academic research and industrial development

Dr. Arno Fruehwald is an internationally respected and well known wood scientist who has nearly 60 years of professional and academic experience.  His passion for connecting            academics and industry knows no bounds, and has most       recently resulted in research and development of palm-wood…


Renewable Materials Honors Thesis Defense: Hayley Girod

Western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) is a "native invasive" tree species in eastern Oregon.  It is extremely good at finding and consuming water in arid climates, which makes it difficult for other species, especially sage brush and grasses to survive.  Sage rush and grasses…