Chris Hunt, a research chemist at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to work in Tallinn, Estonia from February to August, 2021.
The Fulbright Program is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Hunt proposed to work on improved techniques for characterizing wood veneer surfaces with respect to bonding performance. His application also included the goal of promoting FPL to European institutions as a destination for scholars wanting to conduct wood science.
Hunt will be working in the lab of Jaan Kers at the Tallinn University of Technology. He hopes to visit many European institutions next year to discuss the pore structure of wood, wood bonding, soy adhesives, biomass imaging, and the merits of FPL as a place to embark on world-class wood science. Hunt also hopes to visit many production facilities.
“I’m very excited about all I hope to learn while living and working in Estonia”, says Hunt. “I also look forward to developing partnerships with multiple innovative researchers while there.”
We congratulate Chris as he joins FPL scientists Ken Hammel and JY Zhu in receiving this distinguished honor, sponsored by the US State Department.