Nayomi PlazaForest Biopolymer Science and Engineering
Research Materials Engineer
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My current research focuses on the use of x-ray and neutron scattering techniques to better understand structure-property relationships. I'm particularly interested in the role of nanostructure as well as molecular architecture responsible for increased durability against the elements and dimensional stability.
Wood cell wall nanostructureNanoscale and molecular level wood-water interactionsScattering and spectroscopy techniques (using x-ray and neutrons)
The role of wood nanostructure has often been elusive via conventional characterization techniques typically because of poor contrast. Yet, better understanding of the architectures needed for improved durability can lead to the accelerated development of new bioinspired materials as well improved forest products.
- University of Wisconsin - Madison, Ph.D. Materials Science , 2017
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.S. Materials Science , 2015
- University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, B.S. Mechanical Engineering , 2011
- Neutron Scattering Society of America,
- Forest Products Society (FPS),
- CSURM Fellow, 2019
- Forest Products Society Wood Award 1st Place, 2018
- DOE SCGSR Fellow, 2015
- Composite Panel Association Robert E. Dougherty Scholarship , 2015
- NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2012
- UW Madison Graduate Engineering Scholar, 2012
|Publication Year: 2018|
Highlight ID: 1311
|X-Ray Methods to Observe and Quantify Adhesive Penetration into Wood|
To accelerate development of new and improved wood adhesives for engineered wood products, researchers are working to understand the optimal adhesive penetration into wood for specific products and applications. ...