(This article was originally posted on Inside the Forest Service.)
As great as engineered wood—such as plywood or particle board—is for a range of building and manufacturing uses, it has its limitations, especially in outdoor applications. One of the biggest limitations is not the wood, but the adhesive used to glue the wood veneers or particles together. In the United States, the most commonly used adhesive in outdoor engineered wood products is phenol-formaldehyde resin.
To accelerate development of new and improved wood adhesives for engineered wood products, Forest Service researchers Joseph Jakes, Chris Hunt, Nayomi Plaza, Dan Yelle, Chuck Frihart and Linda Lorenz, along with collaborators at Oregon State University, Argonne National Laboratory and Scion, a New Zealand research lab, are working to understand the optimal adhesive penetration into wood for specific products and applications. They want to know what controls performance at the bond line—where the adhesive meets the wood.
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) recently presented their Scientific Achievement Award to Junyong (JY) Zhu, a research general engineer at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL).
The IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award is given in recognition of outstanding individual scientific achievements within the fields of research covered by the Union. Ten scientists from around the world were presented with this prestigious award during the 2019 IUOFRO World Congress in Curitiba, Brazil.
JY is part of the Fiber and Chemical Sciences research work unit at FPL, and his research focuses on bringing value to underutilized materials through the generation of products such as biofuels and nanocellulose.
Laura Hasburgh, a fire protection engineer in FPL’s Building and Fire Sciences unit has recently been awarded two accolades for her work.
The University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) presented Laura with the 2019 Turnbull Service Award. This award is meant to honor an exemplary MS&E graduate student who has made notable contributions to public service. Committee members deemed Laura an ideal recipient of this award based on her significant contributions to the public in the area of fire safety and outstanding service.
Laura has also been named the recipient of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers‘ (SFPE) Margaret Law Award for pioneering advancements associated with engineering fire safety of the built environment. This award will be presented at the SFPE Annual Conference and Expo in October.
‘ (SFPE) Margaret Law Award for pioneering advancements associated with engineering fire safety of the built environment. This award will be presented at the SFPE Annual Conference and Expo in October.
Congratulations, Laura, on these well-deserved honors!
This week the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) hosted a meeting bringing together leaders from USDA, the Forest Service (FS) and industry partners to discuss opportunities to exploit FPL’s expertise as a world leader in developing and enhancing forest products.
Researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) have partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to investigate whether wood from products sold in the United States is accurately labeled. The forensic expertise of FPL botanist Alex Wiedenhoeft was key in this research, and the findings of the study were recently published in a journal article in PLOS One.
For an easily-accessible explanation of the research, check out this story from WWF. It’s full of great photos that give you a behind-the-scenes look into Alex’s forensic work and the world’s largest research wood collection, housed here at FPL in the Center for Wood Anatomy Research.