Joseph Jakes, research materials engineer at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), is the lead author for the Editor’s Choice selection of the September 2016 issue of JOM, the flagship technical journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).
Fewer than five percent of the papers accepted for publication in JOM receive the Editor’s Choice designation, with all Editor’s Choice selections opened for public access in recognition of their excellence and broad community interest in their topics. Jakes’ article “Not Just Lumber—Using Wood in the Sustainable Future of Materials, Chemicals, and Fuels” is available for free download.
The article provides an overview of wood structure and chemical composition, while also highlighting current topics in forest products research. The article concludes with a discussion of the sustainability of wood as a renewable forest resource.
Jakes shares this honor with the following co-authors, all serving in various capacities at FPL: Xavier Arzola, Christopher Hunt, Mandla Tshabalala, Rick Bergman, Alex C. Wiedenhoeft, and Samuel L. Zelinka. Peter Ciesielski, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Nima Rahbar, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
The article is contained within the September 2016 JOM technical topic, Recent Advances in Forest Products Research and Development, which Jakes curated as a guest editor.