Thoughtfully designing products and systems for tomorrow.

Globally, we currently generate some 2.5 billion metric tons of waste per year for a population that’s expected to increase by roughly 33%, to 9.2 billion people, by 2050 (as projected by the United Nations). Much of this waste is plastic, which persists in our landfills, as well as in our oceans, and endangers human, animal and ecological health. At the New Materials Institute, we think it’s time for a paradigm shift in waste management; that a material’s useful end-of-life should be considered at the design stage and that Green Engineering principles should be part of this process.

The NMI welcomes partnerships. We work with a wide range of partners to pioneer systems and materials that promote circularity, for proactive materials management. Whether it be circular materials management systems at the municipal to global scale or innovative and truly biodegradable materials that meet the high expectations of industry and the consumers they serve, we take a holistic approach to your issues. And as we work, we’re also training the next generation of engineers and scientists, so that they consider our context-driven and Green Engineering design approach in all they do.

Work with us, as we take your product, product idea, or system to our bench and thoughtfully design it for tomorrow. For more information, email us at


CB² site planning meeting, Feb. 6-7

The UGA New Materials Institute has been awarded the planning grant to develop a new site for the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, a National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center. The New Materials Institute will host a planning meeting for the proposed UGA CB² site addition on February 6-7, 2018. This event will bring together academic specialists, industry leaders, and representatives from the NSF to develop the implementation plan and will focus on the coordination of industry partnerships and presentation of potential projects to be funded by the UGA CB² site. Click here for more information.

A Systems Approach

NMI takes a systems approach to the challenges of design and disposal of new products and materials.  Its goal is the development of new materials guided by Green Engineering principles: the design and use of processes and products in a way that minimizes pollution, promotes sustainability and protects human health—without sacrificing economic viability and efficiency.