Nicole M. StarkEngineered Composites Science
Research Chemical Engineer
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Dr. Nicole Stark's research focuses on the durability of wood-plastic composites from polymers and wood-derived. Nicole is interested in characterizing fundamental changes in surface chemistry and morphology that occur during weathering, and uses innovative processing techniques and treatments to improve weathering performance. Her research also includes incorporating alternative raw materials such as biopolymers, low-value woody biomass, and biorefinery residuals into high-value composites.
- Composites from wood or other natural fibers and plastics
- Coating wood composites for improved durability
- Chemical modification and pre-treatment of wood fibers for enhanced composite durability
- Changes in surface chemistry of wood-plastic composites during photodegradation
- Moisture performance and fire performance of wood-plastic composites
- Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, Ph.D. Forest Science ,
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, M.S. Mechanical Engineering ,
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, B.S. Chemical Engineering ,
- Forest Products Society (FPS), Board Member (2013 - Current)
- Society of Plastics Engineers, Member (2004 - Current)
|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 ...
|Publication Year: 2014|
Highlight ID: 584
|Wood Flour Extraction Improves Moisture Performance of Wood-Plastic Composites|
Improving the moisture performance of wood-plastic composites provides a potential avenue toward improving the product's overall durability. Forest Service scientists evaluated methods for pre-treating the wood flour before incorporation into the pla ...
|Publication Year: 2013|
Highlight ID: 453
|Wood-Plastic Composites Improved with Fiber Pre-Treatment|
Scientists determine the dimensional stability of wood-plastic composites can be improved by treating wood sawdust and particles derived from beetle-killed trees with potassium methyl siliconate before incorporating the wood into high-density polyeth ...
|Publication Year: 2012|
Highlight ID: 5
|New Drying Process Gives Black Locust Wood Exotic Appearance|
Heat treatment that prevents discoloration increases uses of this fast growing wood ...
|Publication Year: 2010|
Highlight ID: 170
|Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material|
The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general public through architects and design engineers who use wood in highly engineered structures. ...
Highlight ID: 161
|Evaluation of Various Fire Retardants for Use in Wood Flour/Polyethylene Composites|
Wood-plastic composites (WPCs) represent a class of materials increasingly used in residential construction and furniture-making. The fire performance of WPCs is not well understood, however, and there is little information regarding the effectivenes ...
|Wood-Based Composite Materials|
Wood-based composite materials come in many forms, including panel products, glued-laminated timbers, plywood, fiberboard, particleboard, and others...