Welcome to the Natural Materials and Polymer Processing Lab!

The Natural Materials and Polymer Processing Group is headed by Margaret C. Burns Chair in Engineering and Professor in Materials Science and Engineering Dr. Caroline Schauer. The NMPP group works primarily in the area of sustainable natural materials as a platform for multifunctional applications, including tissue engineering and sensors. The group is at the forefront of novel fiber production methods to create nanofibers, nanoyarns, and 3D fiber constructs. Working with industrial polymer processing methods to create more sustainable polymer materials the group currently works with post-recycled and industrial food waste streams.

NMPP Presents at the 2022 Fiber Society Fall Meeting and Technical Conference 

NMPP PhD candidates, led by their fearless leader, will be presenting at the 2022 Fiber Society Fall Meeting and Technical Conference on October 19th through the 21st at North Carolina State University.

Introducing the Natural Materials and Polymer Processing Group

In an effort to better communicate the researching currently ongoing in our lab, the lab group name has been changed from Natural Polymers and Photonics (NPP) to Natural Materials and Polymer Processing (NMPP).

Dr. Caroline Schauer selected as the inaugural holder of the Margaret C. Burns Chair in Engineering.

It was announced on May 19, 2021 that Dr. Caroline Schauer, associate dean, research and faculty affairs and professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been appointed the inaugural Margaret C. Burns Chair in Engineering. Named for Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering alumna Margaret C. “Peggy” Burns, ’79, the Margaret C. Burns Chair was established to support a faculty member who champions women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community. More details regarding the appointment can be found here.

Dr. Caroline Schauer to be inducted into medical and biological engineering elite

It was announced on February 15, 2021 that Dr. Caroline Schauer was elected to the College of Fellows within the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Dr. Schauer was nominated, reviewed, and elected for outstanding contributions to natural polymer processing into nanoscale fibers and yarns for tissue engineering applications. A copy of the AIMBE press release can be found here.