Traditionally, Canada’s natural resource industry including forestry, mining and agriculture has played a significant role in the development of our economic and social growth. Unfortunately, Canada’s forestry sector has experienced unprecedented cyclical and structural challenges over the better part of the last decade. These have significantly eroded our economic well-being, as well as posing new environmental challenges. The 21st century calls for more effective use of our natural resources, not only by pre-processing them but by adding further value to keep Canada in a leadership role in the industrial world. To achieve this goal it is of paramount importance that future research and innovation strategies strongly link Canada’s natural resource industry with manufacturing to create processes and products that are leading-edge, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly.
Main research groups of Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, have been actively engaged in recent years in utilizing renewable feedstock to develop novel biomaterials through sustainable and energy-efficient processes. Main thrust in applied research is focused on cellulose nanotechnology, hybrid lightweight composite structures, value addition to residual biomass, modelling of GHG emissions and quality changes associated with bioenergy generation, bark biorefinery and next generation pulp and paper solutions.
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