|Understanding relationships between materials, process, and performance to engineer biocomposites that benefit users while promoting sustainability of both virgin and recycled forest resources.|
The engineered wood and other bio-based composites developed through our research provide improved value, service-life, and utility to consumers, while also promoting sustainability and recycling. Biocomposite technologies can be manufactured into highly engineered building products using low-value natural resources, helping to offset the costs of thinning operations needed to improve forest health. Composites also present an opportunity to promote jobs in rural communities that depend on forest resources for their economic health.
Our research will focus on enhancing traditional composites while simultaneously developing the next generation of biocomposites, which will provide construction and building products that far exceed current expectations while opening new markets and reducing effects on the environment.