The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) provides research, laboratory services, and education for business and industry.
We're entrepreneurial, working to bring new ideas and innovation from the university to the private sector.
Laboratory services include paper testing, paper grade development, pulping and bleaching studies, coating and lamination piloting, and related services that support the paper and packaging industries. We also provide compostability testing of coated paper and bioplastic materials. We perform analyses such as ion chromatography for carbohydrates, organic acids and alcohols, and our fermentation lab performs experimental trials. WIST research includes biofuels, renewably sourced chemicals from biomass, and value-added uses of agricultural and forestry residuals from processing. WIST educational offerings include papermaking courses, topics in sustainability, and our annual Focal Point conference.
WIST creates sustainability solutions and economic opportunities
WIST laboratory services working with Siemens AG on research and development
A project underway by WIST laboratory services will help global company Siemens AG provide sustainable water technology to the oil and gas industry. WIST’s research is helping to develop optimum parameters for biological treatment of water at oil and gas installations around the world.
Siemens' facility in Rothschild, Wisconsin employs about 150 people and is its global headquarters for research and development activities associated with treating water in the oil and gas industry. The company, with $86.4 billion in revenue at the end of fiscal 2013, ranks as one of the world’s largest corporations and is a major force in water technology and engineering.