Corn kernel fiber is a natural, renewable and low-cost resource created through the ethanol production process. Currently, it is used as a low-grade animal feed ingredient, but it could have another use. Carbon fiber (CF), a synthetic material used in electronics, aviation and automobile manufacturing is currently created from petroleum-based products. This project has developed a novel process of converting corn kernel fiber to high-quality carbon fiber. This new, high-value specialty product is important for increasing the value of Nebraska’s corn crop.