FPL Scientists’ Work on Moldable Wood Is Featured on the Cover of Science

The article “Lightweight Strong Moldable Wood Via Cell Wall Engineering as a Sustainable Structural Material,” coauthored by Forest Products Laboratory research scientists Junyong Zhu, Vina Yang, and Marco Lo Ricco, with lead author Prof. Liangbing Hu at the University of Maryland-College Park, was published in the Oct. 22, 2021 issue of Science Magazine as the cover article.

“In this work,” the article states, “we demonstrate how cell wall engineering can render wood foldable and moldable while simultaneously improving its mechanical properties – endowing wood with a structural versatility previously limited to plastics and metals.”

The Moldable Wood issue of Science
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FPL Scientist Recognized by Forests Magazine

Research Forest Products Technologist Xiping Wang has recently been announced by Forests Magazine as a winner of the Best Cover Awards for his collaboration on the cover article “Non-Destructive Evaluation Techniques and What They Tell Us about Wood Property Variation.”

“A few years ago, Laurence Schimleck, the senior author of this article, and I met at a professional conference and discussed the possibility of writing a comprehensive review paper on a range of nondestructive testing technologies for wood quality assessment, especially on standing trees in forests,” Xiping explained. “My expertise is primarily in developing acoustic wave-based technologies for wood quality evaluation. In this article, I contributed two sections: Acoustics and Pilodyn, as well as some contents in discussions and tables.”

Xiping was also the photographer for the photo chosen by Forests for its cover.

Xiping Wang’s cover photograph for Forests
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FPL Engineer Wins Industry Award

The Technical Session of the American Paper and Pulp Association, or TAPPI, has recognized one of our own, Research Chemical Engineer Carl Houtman, for its 2021 Leadership & Service Award and Joseph K. Perkins Prize.

The citations states: “This award recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership and exceptional service, resulting in significant and demonstrable benefits to the Division’s members.”

FPL Research Chemical Engineer Carl Houtman

“I’d like to thank the FPL for its support of my involvement in TAPPI,” said Carl. “I’m being honored because I was the public face in the projects. It’s the support scientists, technicians, and shop folks who’ve really made the work possible.”

Carl joined us at the Forest Products Laboratory in 1991, after earning his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware and pursuing postdoctoral study abroad. His work at FPL has focused on a wide range of complex projects in the paper industry.

Chemist Celebrates 55 Years with FPL

Assuming you were already born, what were you doing in 1966?

Designer Mary Quant introduced the mini skirt, Simon & Garfunkel reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their iconic hit, “The Sound of Silence,” and both the Star Trek and Batman series debuted on TV.

And if your name was Linda Lorenz, you were fresh out of college, starting your first day as a chemist at the Forest Products Laboratory.

Linda is still here, conducting her experiments and celebrating her 55th anniversary at FPL.

Chemist Linda Lorenz and colleagues at a length-of-service ceremony in 1996, when she celebrated 30 years with the Forest Products Laboratory.