A new branch of chemistry, green chemistry, is provoking a lot of interest in Québec. It refers to biocomposites, bioplastics and ecomaterials as well as bioproducts and bioprocesses. Renewable resources like cellulose, lignin and fatty acids are transformed into ecomaterials that can be integrated into biocomposites. Green chemistry offers new processes that enable renewable raw materials to be used in the production of chemical products and materials as well as adapted production techniques that minimize waste with traditional processes.
Several local and international leaders stand out in the nanotechnologies and materials sector, including the world's first nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) demonstration plant.
Québec is known for its large number of chemical product formulators and R&D organizations (e.g., CQVB, CRIBIQ, Centre in Green Chemistry and Catalysis, Centre Québécois sur les Matériaux Fonctionnels and IMI).