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Welcome to the Green Fibre Network

The Canadian Forest Industry is struggling for its survival. Traditional markets of printing grades, the major part of Canadian Pulp and Paper Production, are dwindling and are unlikely to regain profitability in the future. For a renewal of the Canadian Forest Industry, revolutionary changes are necessary: switching to more profitable product lines and creating innovative novel products.

THE GREEN FIBRE NETWORK – The Canadian Strategic Network for the Development of Innovative Green Wood Fibre Products is a new research initiative to lay the scientific foundations for the production of novel green products.

Our Mission

To create technology platforms for developing green products based on wood  fibres and wood fibre networks that will replace fossil-fuel based and other non-renewable products.

The projects in the network are divided into three themes:

  • Chemical Modification of Wood Fibres and Wood Fibre Networks
  • Barrier Properties and Water Resistance of Wood Fibre Networks
  • Novel Eco-friendly Lignocellulosic Fibre-based Products

The Green Fibre Network has 19 projects at the interface of Materials Science, Green Chemistry and Engineering, Pulp and Paper Science, Cellulose and Lignin Chemistry and Industrial Design. The network consists of 21 professors from 6 Canadian Universities, 12 researchers from FPinnovations and 25 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as a Network Manager.