Ronald C. Sabo
Ronald C. SaboEngineered Composites Science
Research Materials Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Dr. Ron Sabo's research aims at developing next generation composites using sustainable forest resources and a fundamental understanding of material properties and interactions. His work aims to develop advanced composites by understanding and exploiting the properties of materials at the nanometer and molecular scales. More specifically, he is working to develop novel composites produced from natural fibers that have been processed and modified into nanoparticles and nanofibers with unique physical and mechanical properties. Dr. Sabo also has research activities aimed at developing 'green' composites using biodegradable, bio-derived, or recycled materials.
- Cellulose nanocomposites
- 'Green' composites
- Modification and characterization of lignocellulosic surfaces
- Reactive extrusion
- Colloidal and interfacial phenomena
- University of Florida, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering , 2001
- Vanderbilt University, B.E. Chemical Engineering and Mathematics , 1997
|Publication Year: 2020|
Highlight ID: 1683
Nanocellulose Composites for Actuation, Sensing, and Energy Harvesting Applications|
Cellulose nanofibril films embedded with magnetostrictive particles were shown to predictably bend under a magnetic field and to change their magnetic properties under stress, making these composites potential candidates as actuators, sensors, and en ...
|Publication Year: 2019|
Highlight ID: 1329
|Wet Compounding of Cellulose Nanomaterials into Biodegradable Polymers|
Research at the Forest Products Laboratory has shown that cellulose nanomaterials can improve the barrier properties of polymer films, and such improvements can lead to increased shelf-life of food. However, compounding cellulose nanomaterials into t ...
|Publication Year: 2018|
Highlight ID: 1306
|Modifying Cellulose Nanomaterials for Wet Compounding into Polylactic Acid|
Cellulose nanomaterials (CNMs) have been demonstrated to significantly improve various properties, including mechanical and barrier performance, of polymer composites, but one of the major impediments for producing these cellulose nanocomposites is t ...
|Publication Year: 2017|
Highlight ID: 1271
|Improving biopolymers for packaging applications using surface-tailored cellulose nanocrystals|
Demand is rapidly increasing for environmentally friendly packaging materials that are derived from renewable resources and are biodegradable, but many of these "green" polymers do not perform as well as traditional, fossil fuel-derived polymers. B ...
|Publication Year: 2016|
Highlight ID: 654
|FPL<>Renewable, Biodegradable Polylactic Acid-Cellulose Nanocrystal Composites for Packaging Applications|
Packaging research conducted at the Forest Products Laboratory is aimed at developing fully biobased composites containing cellulose nanomaterials for packaging applications. Cellulose nanomaterials exhibit a number of interesting properties and have ...
Highlight ID: 653
|Improving the Hydrolysis and Fibrillation of Wood Into Cellulose Nanomaterials|
Cellulose nanomaterials have been receiving an increasing amount of interest from both the scientific and industrial communities because of their interesting properties, including good strength, absorbency, and optical properties, such as transparenc ...
|Publication Year: 2014|
Highlight ID: 587
|Short Cellulose Nanofibrils Reinforce Aligned Polyvinyl Alcohol Fibers|
Cellulose nanomaterials have recently gained much attention for their potential use for reinforcing polymers and for use in functional materials. Forest Service researchers developed procedures for creating short cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) that are ...
|Publication Year: 2012|
Highlight ID: 8
|Cellulose Nanofiber Composites Can Serve as Substrate for Flexible Electronics|
Transparent films made from cellulose nanofibers have low thermal expansion and the potential to serve as a foundation for flexible electronics. ...
|Publication Year: 2011|
Highlight ID: 304
|Integrating the Production of Nanofibrillated Cellulose and Biofuels|
FPL researchers have demonstrated a method of integrating the production of cellulose nanofibers and biofuels. Such a strategy is expected to improve the economics and reduce the financial risks associated with producing nanocellulose and biofuels fr ...
|Publication Year: 2010|
Highlight ID: 160
|Improved Composites from Wood Flour and Mixed Plastics|
In a cooperative project with Louisiana State University, Forest Products Laboratory researchers have used crosslinking technologies, commonly used in the cable coating industry, to optimize the performance of composites of mixed plastics and wood fl ...
|FPL Researchers Pioneering Steps into a Sustainable Plastics Future|
As the public focuses more on climate change and sustainability solutions, the numbers and facts can be staggering, nearly crippling to think about. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, and our fish seem to be drowning ...
|Register Now! Free Cellulose Nanomaterials Webinar|
The Forest Products Society is offering a free webinar titled "Overview of Cellulose Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites" on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) Research Materials Engineer Ronald Sabo will be presenting...
|Key Research Publication:|
A key FPL publication is Short Cellulose Nanofibrils as Reinforcement in Polyvinyl Alcohol Fiber by Ronald Sabo and Craig M. Clemons...
|Annual Director's Awards Presented|
Michael T. Rains, Director of the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and Northern Research Station (NRS), presented the 2014 Director's Awards to seven deserving employees of the twoÂ world-class research hubs...
|How It's Made:|
Cellulose nanofibrils are considered a promising renewable alternative to existing materials in many fields. Made from natural resources such as wood and non-wood plants, this material has great potential given the availability of the resource, the viability of processing it, and its performance...
|Creating Flexible Electronics Using Nanocellulose|
Not long ago it would have been hard to imagine throngs of people walking around with tiny computers in their pockets, able to communicate with someone across the globe instantly just by tapping on a screen...