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One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
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Daniel Yelle
Daniel Yelle

Daniel J. Yelle

Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering
Unit: FPL-4707
Research Forest Products Technologist
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI
United States
53726-2398

Phone: 608-231-9359
dyelle@fs.fed.us

Research Interest

  • Structural elucidation and spatial arrangement of wood and plant cell wall polymers
  • Analytical approaches to quantify structural changes to lignin and polysaccharides
  • Structural analyses of wood decayed by fungi
  • Delineating the reactivity of wood adhesives in the wood cell wall
  • Synthesis of wood cell wall model compounds/polymers


Education

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Ph.D. Forestry/Chemistry , 2009
  • University of Maine, Orono, ME, M.S. Wood Science , 2001
  • University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, B.S. Wood Science/Chemistry , 1998

Professional Organizations

  • Forest Products Journal, Associate Editor (2010 - Current)
  • American Chemical Society, Member (2005 - Current)
  • Forest Products Society, Member (1995 - Current)

Awards

  • GMFAA Technical Employee of the Year Award, 2013 Awarded to an individual whose sustained performance has made the greatest impact in meeting and achieving the goals, mission and overall success of their organization.
  • Wood Award, 2009 2nd place winner presented by the Forest Products Society.
  • Alan Gent Distinguished Student Paper Award, 2009 2nd place winner presented by The Adhesion Society.

Below are the 41 US Forest Service publications sorted by year. You may re-sort the list by: Title, Date Posted, Category, Publication or Year.

Publication Year: 2018
 
Title: Characterizing lignin in a fungus-cultivating termite
Source: In: Proceedings, polyphenols communication, the XXIXth international conference on polyphenols. 2 p.
Author(s) Li, Hongjie ; Yelle, Daniel J.; Ralph, John ; Currie, Cameron R.; Mo, Jianchu
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Title: X-ray methods to observe and quantify adhesive penetration into wood
Source: Journal of Materials Science. 39: 215-229.
Author(s) Jakes, Joseph E.; Frihart, Charles R.; Hunt, Christopher G.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Plaza, Nayomi Z.; Lorenz, Linda ; Grigsby, Warren ; Ching, Daniel J.; Kamke, Fred ; Gleber, Sophie-Charlotte ; Vogt, Stefan ; Xiao, Xianghui
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2017
 
Title: Integrating multi-scale studies of adhesive penetration into wood
Source: In: Hunt, C.G.; Smith, G.D.; Yan, N. eds. Proceedings, 2017 international conference on wood adhesives. Peachtree Corners, GA: Forest Products Society. 13 p.
Author(s) Jakes, Joseph E.; Frihart, Charles R.; Hunt, Christopher G.;  Yelle, Daniel J.; Plaza, Nayomi ; Lorenz, Linda ; Ching, Daniel J.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Lignocellulose pretreatment in a fungus-cultivating termite
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114(18): 4709-4714.
Author(s) Li, Hongjie; Yelle, Daniel J.; Li, Chang; Yang, Mengyi; Ke, Jing; Zhang, Ruijuan; Liu, Yu; Zhu, Na; Liang, Shiyou; Mo, Xiaochang; Ralph, John; Currie, Cameron R.; Mo, Jianchu
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Rapid and near-complete dissolution of wood lignin at ≤80°C by a recyclable acid hydrotrope
Source: Science Advances, 2017. 3: 1-11.
Author(s) Chen, Liheng; Dou, Jinze; Ma, Qianli; Li, Ning; Wu, Ruchun; Bian, Huiyang; Yelle, Daniel J.; Vuorinen, Tapani; Fu, Shiyu; Pan, Xuejun; Zhu, Junyong (J.Y.)
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Small angle neutron scattering as a tool to evaluate moisture-induced swelling in the nanostructure of chemically modified wood cell walls
Source: In: Hunt, C.G., Smith, G.D., Yan, N., eds. Proceedings, 2017 international conference on wood adhesives. Peachtree Corners, GA: Forest Products Society: 6 p.
Author(s) Plaza, Nayomi Z.; Jakes, Joseph E.; Frihart, Charles R.; Hunt, Christopher G.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Lorenz, Linda F.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Solution-state NMR analysis of hydroxymethylated resorcinol cured in the presence of crude milled-wood lignin from Acer saccharum
Source: Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 134(41): 1-9.
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2016
 
Title: Bondability of ipê (Tabebuia spp.) wood using ambient-curing exterior wood adhesives
Source: FPL–RP–689. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 6 p.
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Characterizing phenolformaldehyde adhesive cure chemistry within the wood cell wall
Source: International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Ralph, John
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Influence of anatomical, physical, and mechanical properties of diffuse-porous hardwoods on moisture durability of bonded assemblies
Source: FPL-GTR-244. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory.
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Stirgus, Ashley M.
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Phenol-formaldehyde reactivity with lignin in the wood cell wall
Source: Proceedings of the International Conference on Polyphenols, July 11-15, 2016, Vienna, Austria. Ed.: Krebs, Heinz A. Publisher: Book-of-Abstracts.com. pp. 170-171.
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Ralph, John
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Simultaneous bond degradation and bond formation during phenol-formaldehyde curing with wood
Source: WTCE 2016, World Conference on Timber Engineering; August 22-25; 2016, Vienna, Austria.
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Ralph, John
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Techniques for characterizing lignin
Source: Lignin in Polymer Composites
Author(s) Stark, Nicole M.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Agarwal, Umesh P.
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2015
 
Title: Synchrotron-based X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy in Conjunction with Nanoindentation to Study Molecular-Scale Interactions of Phenol–Formaldehyde in Wood Cell Walls
Source: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Author(s) Jakes, Joseph E.; Hunt, Christopher G.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Lorenz, Linda; Hirth, Kolby; Gleber, Sophie-Charlotte; Vogt, Stefan; Grigsby, Warren; Frihart, Charles R.
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Wood properties influence bond durability
Source: Proceedings of the 5th International Scientific Conference on Hardwood Processing 2015, Sept. 15-17, 2015 pp. 78-84; 2015
Author(s) Frihart, Charles R.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Ibach, Rebecca E.
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2014
 
Title: A Highly Diastereoselective Oxidant Contributes to Ligninolysis by the White Rot Basidiomycete Ceriporiopsis subvermispora
Source: Appl. Environ. Microbiol., Volume 80, Number 24, 2014; pp. 7536-7544. .
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Kapich, Alexander N.; Houtman, Carl J.; Lu, Fachuang; Timokhin, Vitaliy I.; Fort Jr., Raymond C.; Ralph, John; Hammel, Kenneth E.
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Chemical Changes during Anaerobic Decomposition of Hardwood, Softwood, and Old Newsprint under Mesophilic and Thermophilic Conditions
Source: J. Agric. Food Chem. Volume 62, 2014; pp. 6362-6374.
Author(s) Cruz, Florentino B. De la; Yelle, Daniel J.; Gracz, Hanna S.; Barlaz, Morton A.
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Lignin fate and characterization during ionic liquid biomass pretreatment for renewable chemicals and fuels production
Source: Green Chem., Volume 16, 2014; pp. 1236–1247
Author(s) Sathitsuksanoh, Noppadon; Holtman, Kevin M.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Morgan, Trevor; Stavila, Vitalie; Pelton, Jeffrey; Blanch, Harvey; Simmons, Blake A.; George, Anthe
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2013
 
Title: Elucidating How Wood Adhesives Bond to Wood Cell Walls using High-Resolution Solution-State NMR Spectroscopy
Source: Proceedings from the Adhesion Society Meeting, Daytona Beach, FL, March 3-6, 2013; 4 p.
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Title: New Syncrotron-Based Technique to Map Adhesive Infiltration in Wood Cell Walls
Source: In: Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society held in Daytona Beach, FL, USA on March 3-6, 2013; 3 p.
Author(s) Jakes, Joseph E.; Gleber, Sophie-Charlotte; Vogt, Stephan; Hunt, Chris G.; Yelle, Dan; Grigsby, Warren; Frihart, Chuck
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2012
 
Title: Examination of water phase transitions in Loblolly pine and cell wall components by differential scanning calorimetry
Source: Thermochimica Acta, 533 (2012) 39-45. 10.1016/j.tca.2012.01.015
Author(s) Zelinka, Samuel L.; Lambrecht, Michael J.; Glass, Samuel V.; Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.; Yelle, Daniel J.
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Two-Dimensional NMR Evidence for Cleavage of Lignin and Xylan Substituents in Wheat Straw Through Hydrothermal Pretreatment and Enzymatic Hydrolysis
Source: Bioenerg. Res
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Kaparaju, Prasad; Hunt, Christopher G.; Hirth, Kolby; Kim, Hoon; Ralph, John; Felby, Claus
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2011
 
Title: Delineating pMDI model reactions with loblolly pine via solution state NMR spectroscopy. Part2.Non-catalyzed reactions with the wood cell wall
Source: Holzforschung, Vol. 65, pp. 145-154, 2011
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Ralph, John; Frihart, Charles R.
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Delineating pMDI model reactions with loblolly pine via solution-state NMR spectroscopy. Part 1. Catalyzed reations with wood models and wood polymers
Source: Holzforschung, Volume 65, pp. 131-143, 2011
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Ralph, John; Frihart, Charles R.
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Litter decay rates are determined by lignin chemistry
Source: Biogeochemistry, DOI10.1007/s10533-011-9599-6, April 2011
Author(s) Talbot, Jennifer M.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Nowick, James; Treseder, Kathleen K.
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Multidimensional NMR analysis reveals truncated lignin structures in wood decayed by the brown rot basidiomycete Postia placenta
Source: Environmental Microbiology (2011) 13(4), 1091-1100; 2011
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Wei, Dongsheng; Ralph, John; Hammel, Kenneth E.
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Multidimensional NMR analysis reveals truncated lignin structures in wood decayed by the brown rot basidiomycete Postia placenta
Source: Environmental Microbiology (2011). Volume 13, Number 4, 1091-1100; 2011
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Wei, Dongsheng; Ralph, John; Hammel, Kenneth E.
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Nanoreinforced biocompatible hydrogels from wood hemicelluloses and cellulose whiskers
Source: Carbohydrate Polymers, 86 (2011) 192-201. 10.1016/j.carbpol.2011.04.030
Author(s) Karaaslan, Muzaffer Ahmet; Tshabalala, Mandla A.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Buschle-Diller, Gisela
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Tools to Understand Structural Property Relationships for Wood Cell Walls
Source: Science & Technology of Biomasses: Advances and Challenges; September 5-8, 2011, pp. 81-84; 2011.
Author(s) Jakes, Joseph E.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Frihart, Charles R.
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2010
 
Title: Characterizing Polymeric Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate Reactions with Wood: 1. High-Resolution Solution-State NMR Spectroscopy
Source: Wood Adhesives 2009 / edited by Charles R. Frihart, Chiristopher G. Hunt, and Robert J. Moon.
Author(s) Yelle,Daniel J.; Jakes, Joseph E.; Ralph, John; Frihart, Charles R.
Year: 2010   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Characterizing Polymeric Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate Reactions with Wood: 2. Nano-Indentation
Source: Wood Adhesives 2009 / edited by Charles R. Frihart, Chiristopher G. Hunt, and Robert J. Moon.
Author(s) Jakes, J.E.; Yelle,D.Y.; Beecher,J.F.; Frihart, C.R.; Stone, D.S.
Year: 2010   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Improved methods for analyzing (bio)chemical interactions with wood
Source: 2009 Wood and Fiber Product Seminar: VTT and USDA Joint Activity, September 22-23, 2009. Edited by Ali Harlin & Minna Vikman. (VTT Symposium 263) Helsinki, Finland : VTT, c2010. 176, A3 p. ISBN 978-951-38-7589-3.
Author(s) Frihart, Charles; Hunt, Chris; Yelle, Daniel; Jakes, Joseph
Year: 2010   view abstract, download publication »
Title: USE OF A NEW METHODOLOGY TO ELUCIDATE ISOCYANATE ADHESION TO WOOD
Source: In: Proceedings 33rd annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society, February 21-24, 2010 Daytona Beach, FL Raymond Pearson, Program Chair Gregory Anderson, Editor ISSN 1086-9506 © 2010 The Adhesion Society; pp. 315-317; 2010
Author(s) Frihart, Charles R.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Jakes, Joseph E.; Ralph, John; Stone, Donald S.; Beecher, James F.
Year: 2010   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2009
 
Title: A solution-state NMR approach to elucidating PMDI-Wood Bonding mechanisms in lobolly pine
Source: Dissertation - Doctor of Philosophy (Forestry) at University of Wisconsin; 2009
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel
Year: 2009   view abstract, download publication »
Title: High-Resolution solution-state NMR of unfractionated plant cell walls
Source: In: Proceedings of 15th international symposium on wood, fiber and pulping chemistry. 2009 June 15-18; Oslo, Norway: Oslo, Norway: Congress-Conference AS, wwww.congrex.no. P-105, 4 p., limited availability.
Author(s) Ralph, John; Lu, Fachuang; Kim, Hoon; ress, Dino; Yelle, Daniel J.; Hammel, Kenneth E.; Ralph, Sally A.; Nanayakkara, Bernadette; Wagner, Armid; Akiyama, Takuya; Schatz, Paul F.; Mansfield, Shawn D.; Terashima, Noritsugu; Boerjan, Wout; Sundberg, Bjorn; H
Year: 2009   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Investigating The Reactivity Of Pmdi With Wood Cell Walls Using High-Resolution Solution-State Nmr Spectroscopy
Source: In: Proceedings 32nd annual meeting of the Adhesion Society, Inc. 2009 February 15-18. Savannah, GA. Blacksburg, VA: The adhesion Society, Inc. pp. 212-214; 2009
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Ralph, John; Frihart, Charles R.
Year: 2009   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2008
 
Title: Characterization of nonderivatized plant cell walls using high-resolution solution-state NMR spectroscopy
Source: Magn.Reson.Chem.2008;46:508-517
Author(s) Yelle, Ralph, Frihart
Year: 2008   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Enhanced understanding of the relationship between chemical modification and mechanical properties of wood
Source: In: 9th PACIFIC RIM BIO-BASED COMPOSITES SYMPOSIUM,'Innovation and Challenges in Bio-based Composites - How Far to the New Frontier?', 5th - 8th November 2008, Rotorua, New Zealand; CHEMICAL MODIFICATION section, PP. 141-147; 2008
Author(s) Frihart, Charles R.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Ralph, John; Moon, Robert J.; Stone, Donald S.; Jakes, Joseph E.
Year: 2008   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Evidence for cleavage of lignin by a brown rot basidiomycete
Source: Environmental microbiology. Vol. 10, no. 7 (2008): Pages 1844-1849
Author(s) Yelle, Daniel J.; Ralph, John; Lu, Fachuang; Hammel, Kenneth E.
Year: 2008   view abstract, download publication »
Title: What does Moisture-Related Durability of Wood Bonds Mean?
Source: In: Proceedings of the Final Conference on COSTE 34 Bonding of Timber. 2008 May 6-7; Sopron, Hungary. Sopron, Hungary: Lover-Print. 8 p.; 2008
Author(s) Frihart, Charles R.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.
Year: 2008   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2004
 
Title: Bonding of wood fiber composites using a synthetic chelator-lignin activation system
Source: Forest products journal. Vol. 54, no. 4 (Apr. 2004): Pages 73-78
Author(s) Yelle, D.; Goodell, B.; Gardner, D.J.; Amirbahman, A.; Winistofer, P.; Shaler, S.
Year: 2004   view abstract, download publication »
 
Publication Year: 2011

Highlight ID: 280
Elucidating Covalent Bond Formation and Cleavage in Wood

A new technique has been developed to monitor structural changes in the polymers present in wood cell walls. This allows researchers, for example, to look at how brown rot fungi attack lignin structures when the fungi degrade cell walls. It has also ...

 
Publication Year: 2010
The figure shows two-dimensional NMR spectra of control (unreacted) loblolly pine and loblolly pine that has been reacted with a model compound of pMDI adhesive. The labels A, B, and C (and α, β, γ positions) relate to the chemical structures at the bottom of the figure. The contours labeled with a subscript r show reacted wood cell wall polymers. The reactivity of the lignin sidechains clearly dominates over all other wood cell wall polymers. Forest Service
Highlight ID: 173
Elucidating Covalent Bond Formation and Cleavage in Wood

Working with a group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Biochemistry, FPL researchers have discovered mechanistic details behind some long-standing theories of wood adhesion and brown-rot fungal decay. Firstly, solution-state nucle ...