Rationale: The success of hemp in industrial and technical applications is completely a function of how it compares to other plant-based and man-made materials on a cost and performance basis. SUNY New Paltz is in a unique position to leverage state supported programs, multi-institutional collaborations, business interests, and the political and multi-demographic positive fervor around hemp to build a unique program which address not only the opportunity for hemp, but emerging Bio-Industrial Materials industry in general. By pulling together a large pool of collaborators of researchers and processors, the center/institute can develop standards to characterize, as well as actually characterize, these materials thereby becoming an anchor connecting farmers to end-users.
Mission: To collaboratively establishing a comprehensive understanding of bio-industrial materials, and their opportunities, through partnerships to increase the competitiveness and material use. (Figure A)
- Foster interdisciplinary collaboration between universities and business
- Build on agronomy research (Cornell & SUNY Morrisville)
- Outcomes of research are directly useful for industry
- Establish a database of hemp and other natural fiber properties
- Need to understand other materials to determine competitiveness of hemp
- Correlate agronomy practices to quality of materials
- Establish a database of processing options for bio-materials
- Lots of different research options (Figure B)
- Useful to material suppliers
- Establish a database of application options for bio-materials
- Useful to end users
- Develop market related metrics
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