WIST isoprene research
This feature article
in the magazine "Tire Technology International" details the institute's research to develop sustainably sourced isoprene. Isoprene is a building-block chemical, used in many applications including pharmaceuticals and in rubber production. Currently, isoprene for industry is derived from petroleum. WIST has developed technology to derive isoprene from biomass, including paper and pulp mill waste. This can create new revenue for the mills and for the agriculture and forestry industries. It would add jobs and grow the economy.
In the photo at right, WIST instrumentation specialist Justin Hall places samples in an ion chromatograph as Eric Singsaas, WIST director of research, looks on.