Growing the rural economy: WIST is working with a local producer to develop cold-climate grapes as a new ag crop for Wisconsin.
Bespoke research: WIST provides research and development on contract to commercial clients.
Technology transfer: Strathmore® RiverPoint® printmaking paper was launched at a trade show in Pittsburgh.
Economic development: WIST provides compostability testing to help packaging manufacturers in new product development.
Supporting industry and improving workforce: WIST provides training short courses in papermaking to industry professionals including those in mills and in related supplier industries.
Public-private partnership: WIST and American Science and Technology have created the Cellulose Pilot and Processing Lab. We are working with industry on novel materials and new applications.
Our Fourdrinier pilot paper machine is available for grade development, raw material/chemical additive studies, equipment evaluation and production runs. Contact us to discuss your project.

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) provides research, laboratory services, and education for business and industry. We bring new ideas and innovation from the university to the private sector. Contact us to see how we can help your business.

Laboratory services include

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 perform experimental trials in our fermentation lab. 

WIST research includes biofuels, renewably sourced chemicals from biomass and value-added uses of agricultural residuals​ from processing. 

WIST educational offerings include papermaking courses, topics in sustainability, and our annual Focal Point conference.

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WIST is awarded $500,000 grant to work with potato and vegetable growers on new products
WIST is excited to be collaborating with Wisconsin potato and vegetable growers and processors on a new project, beginning March 2016, to explore opportunities for revenue from residual materials are left from harvesting and processing operations. Read more about the project here.
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The 2015 WIST Annual Report is available for viewing online. 
 

 Upcoming Events and Professional Courses

 
  
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>05-05-2016</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href='https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=161473&'>WIST professional courses in paper making</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass889586BE58A14666AD647E55A6DBD212"><p>​WIST has teamed up with TAPPI to offer our series of hands-on courses in paper making to a wider audience.  Next up is &quot;Optimizing Sheet Structure for Optimal Produt Performance&quot; on May 5-6. Click on the website link to view a complete schedule of upcoming courses, curriculum information and registration details.</p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>10-18-2016</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href='http://www.uwsp.edu/wist/Pages/focal-point/default.aspx'>Focal Point 2016</a></div><div id='eventText'></div></DIV>
$14.5 billion
Annual production value of Wisconsin's paper industry
480
Professionals in paper and packaging industries provided learning and training opportunities by WIST
$13.4 million
Federal and state grants awarded to and managed by WIST with focus on growing Wisconsin's rural economy
40
Minimum number of UW-Stevens Point students who have received training and a paycheck from WIST while majoring in paper science, business or waste management
2
Wisconsin's rank among U.S. states for harvested acreage of vegetables

WIST works with Wisconsin businesses

“We absolutely could not have launched this program (especially the speed) without UWSP. It's exciting because although we are just beginning to sell it, the response has been so strong... I'm confident that this project will be a winner and everyone involved will benefit as a result.” – Jeanette Gile, Pacon.

WIST worked with Pacon to develop a new line of printmaking papers, after the company learned about our collaborative work to create RiverPoint fine art paper.


“It’s critically important that we have, one, a place to go to where we can have some of these short-term research efforts undertaken and not be delayed by our current research project commitments. And secondly, where we can do it at a place where we can train up students at the undergraduate or the graduate level and hopefully, long-term relationships develop and this becomes a feeder source for our future employment candidates as well. Siemens may be global, but having a local resource like WIST means we can undertake a greater volume of research with our current research staffing, and help develop the talent we’ll need to rely on in the years to come.” – Bill Cunningham, Manager of Biological Processes/Products, Seimens Energy, Inc., Rothschild, Wisconsin

 

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<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>01-05-2016</div><div id='newsList'><a href='http://www.uwsp.edu/wist/Pages/news/WIST-lab-achieves-ISO-17025-Certification.aspx'>WIST Compostability Testing Laboratory Achieves ISO 17025 Certification</a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>12-29-2015</div><div id='newsList'><a href='http://www.uwsp.edu/wist/Pages/news/antioxidantsfrompotatopeels.aspx'>Project exploring antioxidants from potato processing waste</a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>11-24-2015</div><div id='newsList'><a href='http://www.uwsp.edu/wist/Pages/news/WIST-connections.aspx'>WIST makes connections near and far</a></div></DIV>