The Bioproducts Institute

The WSU-PNNL Bioproducts Institute is a joint research collaboration of Washington State University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Our mission
Leverage cutting-edge science, engineering, and analysis to transform engineered plants and industrial, agricultural and municipal waste into valuable materials and chemicals, and develop a pipeline of talent to meet future workforce needs.

Our vision
To be the leader in education, research and innovation for production of high-value engineered materials and chemicals from engineered plants and underutilized waste materials.


The Institute combines comprehensive analytic tools with plant sciences, biotechnology, catalysis, and materials science to create innovative, economical, and environmentally friendly, engineered, bio-based materials and value-added chemicals.

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The Institute offers researchers, students, and industry partners access to unique facilities and analytical instrumentation, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with nationally recognized experts in plant science, biotechnology, catalysis, materials engineering, characterization, and advanced economic and environmental analysis.

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For additional information on The WSU-PNNL Bioproducts Institute, please email the institute directors: Joshua Heyne or Jonathan Male.

Mailing address:

Bioproducts Institute
c/o Jonathan Male
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA 99352