Joseph JakesForest Biopolymer Science and Engineering
Research Materials Engineer
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Dr. Jakes leads a multidisciplinary team with the mission to rigorously employ materials science principles in the study of wood cell walls with an emphasis on mechanical behavior, moisture sorption, and diffusion. Materials science encompasses the study of structure-property-processing-performance relationships. Current wood utilization efforts are hindered by the incomplete identification and understandings of these relationships. Tools to study structure and properties at these small length scales are lacking. This research has required the development of advanced material characterization techniques to probe structures and properties at micrometer length scales and below in wood and forest products. Dr. Jakes leads the FPL Nanoindentation Lab to accurately measure physically meaningful mechanical properties of materials at the micron-scale with an emphasis on wood cell walls. Advanced synchrotron X-ray and neutron techniques have also been identified and adapted to study the structure and properties of forest products at length-scales at and below the cellular level. The combination of these advanced materials characterization techniques have led to multiple new discoveries, including elucidating the roles of lignin and hemicelluloses in wood cell wall micromechanics, identifying nanoscale mechanisms responsible for moisture durability in wood-adhesive bondlines, and identifying diffusion mechanisms through wood cell walls.
- Wood cell wall structure-property relationships with emphasis on mechanical behavior, moisture sorption, and diffusion
- Advanced nanoindentation techniques to assess mechanical behavior at micrometer length scales and below
- X-ray and neutron characterization techniques for chemical and structural characterization at small length scales
- Discovery and study of new wood-inspired material phenomena
Wood is not only the sustainable raw material of choice for our future materials, chemicals, and fuels needs, but increasing wood value and utilization is also critical to maintaining healthy forests and offsetting costly forest restoration efforts. However, advanced materials research is needed for wood to reach its full potential. Dr. Jakes conducts research to accelerate the development of new and improved forest products and other wood-based materials. Throughout the world, a tremendous amount of effort is exerted to improve current forest products and make new forest products with improved properties for new applications. However, current research largely relies on slow and inefficient trial-and-error approaches because the fundamental structure-property-processing-performance relationships are not understood. The improved understanding of these relationships will provide researchers with new and more efficient research directions.
- University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering , 2005
- University of Wisconsin at Madison, M.S. Materials Science , 2007
- University of Wisconsin at Madison, Ph.D. Materials Science , 2010
- The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Member (2012 - Current)
- Materials Research Society (MRS), Member (2008 - Current)
- Forest Products Society (FPS), Member (2007 - Current)
- Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Member (2007 - Current)
- Forest Products Society Wood Engineering Achievement Award – Young Engineer , 2018 The Young Engineer Award honors an individual who has provided a valuable contribution to the field of wood engineering. This award is intended to encourage young (40 years of age or younger) engineers, researchers, or scientists with promising potential
- TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Award , 2018 This award provides an opportunity for young, professional members of TMS to advance in the field of materials science through participation in society activities. Through interaction with TMS division leaders, young individuals participate in the decisio
- Presidential Award for Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) , 2012 For innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, and for exceptional potential to shape the future through intellectual and inspired leadership.
- Research & Development Deputy Chief’s Early Career Scientist Award , 2012 Annual award recognizing the top scientist in the Forest Servcie at the beginning of their research career and having demonstrated, through personal accomplishments, outstanding capability and exceptional promise for significant future achievement.
- GMFAA Technical Employee of the Year , 2012 Award given to top federal technical employee of the year in the greater Madison, WI area.
- Forest Products Society 1st Place Wood Award, 2008 Annual award given to top graduate student in forest products research by the Forest Products Society.
- Adhesion Society Peebles Award for Graduate Research in Adhesion Science, 2008 Award given to top graduate students in adhesion science fields.
|Publication Year: 2019|
Highlight ID: 1325
|Mechanism for Diffusion through Wood Cell Walls|
Diffusion through unmodified wood cell walls is via a solid polymer diffusion mechanism, which refutes the previously accepted mechanism that diffusion occurs through aqueous pathways inside of the cell walls. ...
|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. ...
|Publication Year: 2017|
Highlight ID: 1282
|Scientists study how water changes wood|
Water causes a host of wood damage mechanisms such as mold, decay, fastener corrosion, and splitting. This research elucidates how water changes wood and leads to these wood damage mechanisms. ...
Highlight ID: 1299
|Understanding how the organization and interactions of the atoms that compose wood control its mechanical properties|
To expand the uses and efficient utilization of wood, Forest Service researchers strive to learn how manipulate its molecular-scale structure to control its mechanical properties ...
|Publication Year: 2016|
Highlight ID: 664
|Improving Moisture Durability of Forest Products Using Small-angle Neutron Scattering|
Moisture is the underlying cause of numerous durability issues in forest products, including decay, lack of dimensional stability, and fastener corrosion. An improved understanding of where and how water is absorbed in wood nanostructure will acceler ...
|Publication Year: 2015|
Highlight ID: 601
|Advancing Understanding of Wood Damage Mechanisms|
Forest Service researchers examined the diffusion of ions in wood using synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence microscopy. The researchers found that there was a threshold moisture content below which diffusion does not occur. These data can help to ...
|Publication Year: 2014|
Highlight ID: 588
|New Insight into Wood Damage Mechanisms|
Wood fails because bad things start to happen when wood gets wet. Dimensional stability, mold growth, fungal attack, fastener corrosion, all are caused by fluctuations in moisture or an abundance of moisture in the wood. This research presents a new ...
|Publication Year: 2011|
Highlight ID: 290
|Developing tools to assess mechanical properties of wood cell walls|
Nanoindentation is a tool capable of probing mechanical properties at the sub-micrometer level, such as in wood cell walls, individual components in a wood-based composite, coatings, adhesive bondlines, etc. However, conventional nanoindentation meth ...
|Jakes & Plaza featured in UW Engineering Annual Report|
FPL materials research engineer Joseph Jakes and FPL Pathways intern Nayomi Plaza were recently featured in the University of Wisconsin's College of Engineering annual report for their work studying moisture-induced swelling and adhesive bonding to wood cells...
|Engineered Wood Products Benefit from Better Adhesives|
Wood construction materials like plywood or laminated veneer lumber rely on adhesives for part of their structural integrity. When used in outdoor applications, however, humidity can affect their performance even when the materials are mostly protected from the elements...
|Jakes Honored with Early Career Scientist Award|
FPL researcher Joseph Jakes has been selected to receive the 2011 Forest Service Research and Development Deputy Chief’s Early Career Scientist Award...