Research 

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology works in partnership with businesses, other universities and nonprofit institutions. Contact us to discuss your proposals for bespoke research.
 
Research objectives include exploring new uses for agricultural and forestry resources. We're looking at use of residual or waste materials​ so food supply is not impacted. One example of WIST agricultural research is a collaborative project ​CaptureOkrayPartnershipStevensPointJournal13June2015.JPGthat seeks to extract a well-known health supplement additive, resveratrol, from Wisconsin-grown grapes. The Stevens Point Journal featured the project in this story June 13, 2015. Early research indicates the highest concentrations of resveratrol are in the canes, rachis and peduncles that support grape clusters, so the additive could be produced without use of the grape skin or juice. 
 

For more information about WIST research or to explore research opportunities, contact Paul Fowler, WIST executive director: Paul.Fowler@uwsp.edu

WIST awarded $500,000, three-year 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 new opportunities for revenue from residual materials are left from harvesting and processing operations. Read more about the project here.

 
Other research and laboratory services objectives currently center on development of specialty papers for sustainable packaging, such as products that incorporate bioplastics or polymers as coatings or additives; innovation to gain value from waste materials such as pulp and paper mill residuals; and compostability, repulpability and recyclability testing. 

  

WIST research in the news

 Research could transform dying paper mills/March 2014



Eric Singsaas, formerly WIST director of research, talks about the institute's research to develop biofuels and renewable chemicals from wood and biomass crops, and its potential to build revenue for the paper industry. Read Journal Sentinel staff writer John Schmid's story: Research could transform dying paper mills
 
 
 
 
 

Economic development incentive grants will spur research and development work to help grow Wisconsin's economy/November 2013

Grants awarded by the UW System in 2013 supported economic development in projects at universities across Wisconsin. At UW-Stevens Point, two WIST projects were funded: A grant of $2.8 million will fund a collaborative research facility for development and commercialization of biorefinery technologies. A grant of $1.4 million will fund innovation in specialty papers, including upgrades to the UW-Stevens Point pilot paper plant to enable improved education and training as well as trial-run production of laminated and coated papers for packaging, a sector with high growth potential.


For more about the grants, read the UW-Stevens Point news release here; and a column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the grant awards here.

Additional information about the Economic Development Incentive Grant Program, including project final reports, is on the UW System website here.

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WIST researchers analyze samples.

WIST isoprene research/April 2012

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.