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?

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

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.

Linda knew from a very young age that she wanted to go into chemistry.

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Trees Are Climate Change, Carbon Storage Heroes

Mature trees like this Elm can sequester more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide in a single year. Photo by USDA Forest Service

J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, once wrote, “I longed to devise a setting in which the trees might really march to war.”

If climate change is a battle for Earth’s survival, then trees will be a vital army holding the line. When Tolkien imagined trees marching to war, he couldn’t have foreseen how relevant those words would one day be.

Trees are a bastion against climate change.

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Big Grant Funding Awarded to Tiniest, Mightiest Building Material of the Future

The Forest Products Laboratory is pleased to announce the littlest big news that could help change how we fabricate the world around us.

CN-enhanced concrete looks and acts like traditional concrete but is much stronger. Photo by Michael Goergen, U.S. Endowment.

USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in collaboration with P3Nano from the US Endowment for Forests and Communities(U.S. Endowment) announced ten awards this month for projects ranging from one to five years, totaling $2.4 million in grants to further nanocellulose research.

The partnership funds research to evaluate the safety of cellulosic nanomaterials (CNs), develop process improvements to reduce production cost, and provide new market opportunities for advanced applications. Everything from biodegradable snack packaging to concrete additives that significantly reduce CO2 emissions are possible with CN innovation.

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