Research Highlights

 
Publication Year: 2019
Thermoformed cup containing 1% cellulose nanocrystals wet compounded in polylactic acid. USDA Forest Service
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. H ...
 
Publication Year: 2018
Image of composites made with modified cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) (left) and unmodified CNFs (right). USDA Forest Service
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 ...
 
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 wel ...
Manufacturing process of the triboelectric fiberboard.
Highlight ID: 1290
Nanocellulose-based triboelectric nanogenerator for green and sustainable electricity generation

Triboelectric nanogenerator fiberboard made from recycled wood fibers and functionalized cellulose nanofibril films demonstrates the possibility of efficiently converting foot traffic to electricity t ...
 
Publication Year: 2016
Blown film extrusion of completely biobased poly(lactic acid) and cellulose nanocrystal polymer composites.  Sonal Karkhanis and Anna Kace Marra, Michigan State University.
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 e ...
Schematic illustration of the capillary photoelectrochemical water splitting process. Tivoli C. Gough, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
Highlight ID: 651
Highly-Efficient Capillary Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Using Cellulose Nanofiber-Templated TiO2 Photoanodes

Among current endeavors to explore renewable energy technologies, photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting holds great promise for conversion of solar energy to chemical energy. Light absorption, ch ...
Researchers are developing improved methods for processing cellulose nanofibrils. Rob Sabo, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
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, absor ...
 
Publication Year: 2015
Cellulose nanofibril-based electronics after 60 days of degradation test; fungus fully covers the film. USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 605
Biodegradable Computer Chips Made From Wood

The current consumable materials used in the electronics industry are neither recyclable nor sustainable. To reduce the use of expensive materials for electronics and to better protect the environment ...
 
Publication Year: 2014
Tactical shelter door made using 3D engineered fiberboard made from laminated paper. John Hunt, USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 582
3D Engineered Panels from Laminated Paper Composites have Broad Potential

Forest Service researchers are studying the use of high-strength laminated paper composite material as a low-cost replacement for aluminum and synthetic fiber-based composite panels for a variety of a ...
Cellulose nanofibril smart sponge absorbs oil which is floating on the top of water. Bryce Richter, University of Wisconsin
Highlight ID: 579
A "Smart Sponge" Soaks Up Pollutants

This "smart sponge" is one of a number of applications under development for the tiny wood fibers known as cellulose nanofibrils (CNF). The fibers possess a number of unique properties including renew ...
Nanocellulose (upper left), an engineering plastic (upper right), and compound made from them (center). Test specimens made from the compound (bottom). Craig Clemons, USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 580
Enhancing High-Performance Plastics with Nanocellulose

Forest Service scientists are using nanocellulose to improve the performance of engineering plastics. By applying advanced processing methods, the scientists are able to temporarily reduce the melting ...
Short cellulose nanofibrils isolated from wood. DSimaging, LLC
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 cr ...
This research will improve the durability of wood-plastic composite deckboards such as the one shown here being evaluated for color. Nicole Stark, USDA Forest Service
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-treatin ...
 
Publication Year: 2013
Graphene produced from lignin, a complex polymer commonly derived from wood. Zhiyong Cai, USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 442
Creating Advanced Graphene Material from Lignin

Graphene materials are produced from carbon containing compounds by physical, thermal, or chemical process in either the gas, liquid, or solid phase. Forest Service scientists and their partners at Mi ...
Continuous fiber spun from nanocellulose and other polymers and additives. Craig Clemons, USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 443
Nanocellulose Gels Spun Into Continuous Fibers for Use in Advanced Composites

Forest Service scientists worked with the University of Wisconsin to spin nanocellulose gels into continuous fibers so that they can be used more efficiently in advanced composites. The researchers ar ...
The 100% sustainable stage set for the 20th Century Fox show “Raising Hope.” John Zachary, 20th Century Fox
Highlight ID: 451
Panels Made from Wood and Recycled Fibers Go To Hollywood and Around the World

The Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory is moving sustainable structural panel forming technology from the laboratory to commercial reality. The laboratory is working with Noble Environment Te ...
Beetle-killed lodgepole pine fiber treated with potassium methyl siliconate. Cheng Piao, Louisiana State University
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 befor ...
 
Publication Year: 2012
Flexible electronic substrate made from cellulose nanomaterial. Forest Service
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. ...
Wood char particles and carbon-encapsulated iron nanoparticles. Forest Service
Highlight ID: 4
Metal Core Nanoparticles Created From Wood Char, a Bioenergy Byproduct

Shell-encapsulated metal core carbon nanoparticles have potential applications in magnetic data storage, xerography, drug delivery, and as a catalyst in other chemical reactions ...

Highlight ID: 5
New Drying Process Gives Black Locust Wood Exotic Appearance

Heat treatment that prevents discoloration increases uses of this fast growing wood ...
Bio-based boards have many applications and are produced from renewable sources including forest thinnings and recycled paper fibers. Steve Schmieding, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 28
Partnership Produces 3D (3-Dimensional) Engineered Fiberboard Panels

Naturally bonded boards can use fibers produced from a variety of renewable sources including wood from forest thinnings and recycled paper fibers ...
Hollow glass microspheres in wood-plastic composites.  Rebecca Wallace, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 12
Wood-Plastic Composites Improved with Glass

Adding microsized glass particles to wood-plastic composites creates a less dense but stiffer material for use in a variety of building applications ...
 
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 assoc ...
Aqueous extract solutions under different pretreatments. Steve Schmieding, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 306
Pretreating Wood Chips for Manufacturing Medium Density Fiberboard

FPL researchers studied how pretreating wood chips before manufacturing medium density fiberboard affected both the end product and the amount of carbohydrates extracted as a potential resource for bi ...
Typical aspen slash wood (left) and flakes (right) sliced from the slash wood. Steve Schmieding, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 307
Producing Value-Added Composite Panels from Aspen Slash Wood

The disposal of forest thinning residue is a concern when looking at sustainable forest management. Researchers found this material could be a valuable resource for commercially available structural ...
Rice straw appears to be a promising agricultural residue for manufacturing composite panels. William M. Brown Jr., Bugwood.org
Highlight ID: 308
Rice Straw Particleboard

There has recently been a revival of interest in using agriculture residues to produce particleboards and other composite panels due to competition for wood raw materials and for economical and enviro ...
Researchers are investigating the softening behavior of difficult-to-pelletize biomass and its effect on pelletizing. Steve Schmieding, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 288
Softening of Biomass and Its Effect on Fuel Pellet Production

Biomass such as torrefied wood or wheat straw are of increasing interest as fuel but are difficult to pelletize. Researchers are investigating the softening behavior of these materials to improve the ...
Panels made of recycled fiber and based on FPL research are being commercialized. Steve Schmieding, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 322
Technology Transfer in Action

FPL-developed panels made from forest residuals, recycled fiber, and agricultural by-products are being commercialized by two start-up companies. ...
 
Publication Year: 2010
X-ray radiation method to determine moisture gradient in wood. Forest Service
Highlight ID: 162
An Innovative Method for Determining Moisture Gradient of Wood Products

Changes in moisture content of wood-based composite materials can lead to linear expansion and, more specifically, hygroexpansion. This can cause severe internal stresses resulting in deformities and ...

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 ...
Effects of Press Sizes on Internal Steam Pressure during Particleboard Hot-Pressing Process. Forest Service
Highlight ID: 163
Effects of Press Sizes on Internal Steam Pressure during Particleboard Hot-Pressing Process

Internal steam pressure produced during the hot-pressing cycle in particleboard production is critical to the newly developed bond strength that will determine the overall performance of particleboard ...
Oxygen index test of a wood-plastic composite. Forest Service
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 ther ...
Fabrication of recycled fiber. Forest Service
Highlight ID: 165
Fabrication Utilization of Recycled Fiber/Agricultural Fiber Panels and Exhibit

The Forest Products Laboratory's research using anaerobically digested agricultural waste fibers combined with recycled paper fibers to make structural panels was selected by a prominent design firm f ...

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 perfo ...

Highlight ID: 174
Increasing the Value of Slash by Use in Oriented Strand Board

The project takes a closer look at chunkwood processing first developed in 1977 at the Northern Research Station lab in Houghton, MI. Branches and tree tops as small as 2 inch diameter are cut to 5 in ...

Highlight ID: 164
Particleboard Panels Manufactured from Rice Straws of Different Geometries

Faced with worldwide shortages of forest resources, environmental pollution and waste of biological resources resulting from field burning of rice straw and other agriculture residues, there has been ...

Team Members

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Cai, Zhiyong
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Supervisory Materials Research Engineer608-231-9446

Clemons, Craig M.
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Materials Research Engineer608-231-9396

Gribbins, Neil
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Physical Science Technician608-231-9394

Hoxie, Kimberly L.
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Grants Management Specialist608-231-9572

Sabo, Ronald C.
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Research Materials Engineer608-231-9530

Stark, Nicole M.
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Research Chemical Engineer608-231-9392

Walsh, Philip
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General Engineer608-231-9217

Wang, Jinwu
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Research Forest Products Technologist207-581-2394

Products (Publications & Patents)

Below are the 50 most recent products author or co-authored by researchers of this unit that have been posted, sorted by publication year and title. To access the complete repository of FPL products, click here.
Publication YearTitleDate Posted
2021Advancements in traditional and nanosized flame retardants for polymers—A review

03/18/21

2021Mechanical properties of wood-based composite materials

03/25/21

2021Wood-based composite materials: panel products, glued laminated timber, structural composite lumber, and wood–nonwood composites

03/25/21

2020Analyzing the film formation mechanism of cellulose nanoparticles (CNPs) based on the fast freeze-drying morphology

09/29/20

2020Cellulose nanofibrils versus cellulose nanocrystals: Comparison of performance in flexible multilayer films for packaging applications

09/29/20

2020Cellulose nanomaterials and their products from hardwoods

04/03/20

2020Comparative Study of Direct Compounding, Coupling Agent-Aided and Initiator-Aided Reactive Extrusion to Prepare Cellulose Nanocrystal/PHBV (CNC/PHBV) Nanocomposite

03/12/20

2020Effects of multi-stage milling method on the energy consumption of comminuting forest residuals

09/29/20

2020Effects of nanomaterial additive on wood bonding properties of polyvinyl acetate adhesives cured using radio-frequency-based heating technology

08/04/20

2020Flexible magnetostrictive nanocellulose membranes for actuation, sensing, and energy harvesting applications

04/09/20

2020Heterogeneously integrated flexible microwave amplifiers on a cellulose nanofibril substrate

08/21/20

2020Long-term field exposure of wood-plastic composites processed on a commercial-size extruder

07/10/20

2020Novel method of compounding cellulose nanocrystal suspensions into poly(lactic acid) and poly(vinyl acetate) blends

04/10/20

2020Preparation of cellulose nanocrystal-polyoropylene masterbatches by water-assisted thermokinetic mixing

05/29/20

2020Propionylation-modified chitin with improved solubility in green ethanol/water binary solvents for sustainable film and coating applications

09/15/20

2020Thermal stability of metal-lignin composites prepared by coprecipitation method

08/21/20

2020Towards the scalable isolation of cellulose nanocrystals from tunicates

03/10/21

2019Developing chitin nanocrystals for flexible packaging coatings

09/28/20

2019Effects of bentonite on physical, mechanical and barrier properties of cellulose nanofibril hybrid films for packaging applications

04/03/20

2019Efficient conversion of lignin waste to high value bio-graphene oxide nanomaterials

08/30/19

2019Fabrication and characterization of emulsified and freeze-dried epoxy/cellulose nanofibril nanocomposite foam

08/30/19

2019Functionalized Cellulose Nanocrystals: A Potential Fire Retardant for Polymer Composites

12/20/19

2019Mass production of graphene materials from solid carbon sources using a molecular cracking and welding method

09/06/19

2019PHBV-graft-GMA via reactive extrusion and its use in PHBV/nanocellulose crystal composites

09/27/19

2019Rheological properties of cellulose nanocrystals engineered polylactic acid nanocomposites

12/20/19

2019Wet compounding of cellulose nanocrystals into polylactic acid for packaging applications

09/27/19

2018Catalytic conversion of Kraft lignin to bio-multilayer graphene materials under different atmospheres

12/02/19

2018Catalytic graphitization of kraft lignin to graphene-based structures with four different transitional metals

10/01/19

2018Coir fibers as valuable raw material for biofuel pellet production

08/31/18

2018Colemanite: a fire retardant candidate for wood plastic composites

04/17/18

2018Dispersing and stabilizing cellulose nanoparticles in acrylic resin dispersions with unreduced transparency and changed rheological property

10/02/19

2018Effect of freeze-drying on the morphology of dried cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and tensile properties of poly(lactic) acid-CNC composites

08/27/18

2018Energy consumption of two-stage fine grinding of Douglas-fir wood

09/06/19

2018Fabrication and characterization of cellulose nanofibrils/epoxy nanocomposite foam

08/16/19

2018Facile fabrication of 100% bio-based and degradable ternary cellulose/PHBV/PLA composites

10/01/19

2018Facile Preparation of Cellulose/Polylactide Composite Materials with Tunable Mechanical Properties

09/27/18

2018Green esterification: a new approach to improve thermal and mechanical properties of poly(lactic acid) composites reinforced by cellulose nanocrystals

10/02/19

2018Highly porous polymer aerogel film-based triboelectric nanogenerators

09/28/18

2018Improvement of enzymatic digestibility of wood by a sequence of optimized milling procedures with final vibratory tube mills for the amorphization of cellulose

09/06/19

2018Increased sugar yield from pre-milled Douglas-fir forest residuals with lower energy consumption by using planetary ball milling

09/27/18

2018Methods for Synthesizing Graphene from Encapsulated Particles *

01/18/18

2018Moisture and oxygen barrier properties of cellulose nanomaterial-based films

08/31/18

2018Novel micronized woody biomass process for production of cost-effective clean fermentable sugars

09/06/19

2018Performance of high lignin content cellulose nanocrystals in poly(lactic acid)

05/30/18

2018Spin-coating: a new approach for improving dispersion of cellulose nanocrystals and mechanical properties of poly (lactic acid) composites

08/31/18

2018Synthetic bio-graphene based nanomaterials through different iron catalysts

09/26/19

2018Techno-economic analysis of forest residue conversion to sugar using three-stage milling as pretreatment

10/02/19

2018Termite resistance of wood-plastic composites made with acetylated wood flour, coupling agent or zinc borate

07/26/18

2018Water based esterification of cellulose nanofibrils for compounding with PLA

09/10/18

2018Water vapor and oxygen barrier properties of extrusion-blown poly(lactic acid)/cellulose nanocrystals nanocomposite films

09/26/19

2017A co-production of sugars, lignosulfonates, cellulose, and cellulose nanocrystals from ball-milled woods

10/06/17

2017A composite generator film impregnated with cellulose nanocrystals for enhanced triboelectric performance

08/24/17

2017A freestanding cellulose nanofibril–reduced graphene oxide–molybdenum oxynitride aerogel film electrode for all-solid-state supercapacitors with ultrahigh energy density

09/27/18

2017Accelerated aging of preservative-treated structural plywood

09/05/17

2017Aligned nanocomposites from cellulose nanocrystals by electrospinning with a soluble polymer followed by thermoset impregnation

03/30/17

2017Assessing multi-scale deconstruction of wood cell wall subjected to mechanical milling for enhancing enzymatic hydrolysis

02/22/19

2017Blown film extrusion of poly(lactic acid) without melt strength enhancers

02/13/18

2017Characterization of micronized wood and energy-size relationship in wood comminution

02/22/19

2017Chemical modification of nanocellulose with canola oil fatty acid methyl ester

09/05/17

2017Chemically functionalized natural cellulose materials for effective triboelectric nanogenerator development

09/21/18

2017Cone calorimeter evaluation of reinforced hybrid wood-aluminum composites

08/29/18

2017Effect of compounding approaches on fiber dispersion and performance of poly(lactic acid)/cellulose nanocrystal composite blown films

09/15/17

2017Effect of processing parameters on the synthesis of lignin-based graphene-encapsulated copper nanoparticles

09/24/18

2017Effects of density, cellulose nanofibrils addition ratio, pressing method, and particle size on the bending properties of wet-formed particleboard

10/05/17

2017Evaluating the effect of wood ultrastructural changes from mechanical treatment on kinetics of monomeric sugars and chemicals production in acid bisulfite treatment

02/22/19

2017Flammability properties and radiant fraction of FRT wood plastic composites using mass loss calorimeter under HRR hood

10/06/17

2017Impact performance of two bamboo-based laminated composites

10/06/17

2017Long term durability of wood-plastic composites made with chemically modified wood

09/27/17

2017Microstructure change in wood cell wall fracture from mechanical pretreatment and its influence on enzymatic hydrolysis

10/06/17

2017Modeling the production of sugar and byproducts from acid bisulfite pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of Douglas-fir

08/31/18

2017Nanocomposites from lignin-containing cellulose nanocrystals and poly(lactic acid)

09/13/17

2017Nanofibrillated cellulose from appalachian hardwoods logging residues as template for antimicrobial copper

08/30/17

2017Orthogonal model and experimental data for analyzing wood-fiber-based tri-axial ribbed structural panels in bending

03/23/17

2017Performance of poly(lactic acid)/ cellulose nanocrystal composite blown films processed by two different compounding approaches

02/15/19

2017Preparation and characterization of cellulose nanocrystals from the bio-ethanol residuals

10/06/17

2017Preparation and characterization of the nanocomposites from chemically modified nanocellulose and poly(lactic acid)

04/09/18

2017Size effects on acid bisulfite pretreatment efficiency: multiple product yields in spent liquor and enzymatic digestibility of pretreated solids

10/06/17

2017Technical note: stress analysis of cellulosic-manure composites

10/05/17

2017Temperature and copper concentration effects on the formation of graphene-encapsulated copper nanoparticles from kraft lignin

09/21/18

2017Temperature effects on formation of carbon-based nanomaterials from kraft lignin

09/27/18

2017The use of new, aqueous chemical wood modifications to improve the durability of wood-plastic composites

07/05/17

2017Triboelectric Nanogenerators Based on Chemically Treated Cellulose *

12/20/17

2017Vertical density profile and internal bond strength of wet-formed particleboard bonded with cellulose nanofibrils

10/05/17

2016Aldehyde-functionalized porous nanocellulose for effective removal of heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions

10/06/17

2016Assessing the specific energy consumption and physical properties of comminuted Douglas-fir chips for bioconversion

12/23/16

2016Cellulose nanocrystals as barrier performance enhancer of extrusion-blown PLA films for food applications

09/26/16

2016Characterizations of biodegradable epoxy-coated cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) thin film for flexible microwave applications

10/06/17

2016Determining shear modulus of thin wood composite materials using a cantilever beam vibration method

09/26/16

2016Effect of the particle geometry and adhesive mass percentage on the physical and mechanical properties of particleboard made from peanut hull

08/29/18

2016Endoglucanase post-milling treatment for producing cellulose nanofibers from bleached eucalyptus fibers by a supermasscolloider

07/15/16

2016Evaluation of physical structural features on influencing enzymatic hydrolysis efficiency of micronized wood

10/06/17

2016High-density platinum nanoparticle-decorated titanium dioxide nanofiber networks for efficient capillary photocatalytic hydrogen generation

10/06/17

2016Improved fatigue performance for wood-based structural panels using slot and tab construction

03/22/17

2016Introduction to the special issue on nanocellulose composites

10/06/17

2016Low temperature synthesis of graphene-encapsulated copper nanoparticles from kraft lignin

02/22/19

2016Measurement of Dynamic Viscoelasticity of Full-Size Wood Composite Panels Using a Vibration Testing Method

07/28/16

2016Mechanical characterization of scalable cellulose nano-fiber based composites made using liquid composite molding process

09/26/16

2016Methods for Synthesizing Graphene From a Lignin Source *

05/26/16

2016Modification of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) for use in poly(lactic acid) (PLA)-CNC composite packaging products

09/30/16

2016Multistep process to produce fermentable sugars and lignosulfonates from softwood enzymolysis residues

10/06/17

Research Projects

Below are 9 research projects associated with this research unit.
Project NumberTitleProject Dates
FPL-4706-3ADevelop tools to address resource sustainability, enhance recyclability and minimize the envrionmental impacts of composite processing

08-24-2007 - 08-23-2012

FPL-4706-1Fundamental relationships of composites

08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007

FPL-4706-1AFundamental relationships of composites

08-24-2007 - 08-23-2012

FPL-4706-3BImprove forest management, increasing resource sustainability, increasing recycling, exploring new applications & transferring technologies.

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4706-2Improve performance durability and value of composites

08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007

FPL-4706-2AImprove performance durability and value of composites

08-24-2007 - 08-23-2012

FPL-4706-2BImprove performance, durability & value of existing composites; develop next generation wood or wood-derived composites.

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4706-1BUnderstand the characteristics and interactions of raw materials and use this knowledge to optimize composite process and performance

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4706-3Using composites for resource sustainability

08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007

Partnerships

fplProduct Promotes Healthy Ecosystems and Rural Economy

Western juniper and pinyon pine have spread over millions of acres of rangeland in the west, lowering the water table and increasing erosion and pollution of streams and lakes. Researchers in Engineered Composites Sciences developed a composite panel made from juniper and recycled high-density polyethylene plastic as a means to better utilize and add value to this resource while helping to alleviate some of these ecological tensions.
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With the help of FPL's Forest Products Marketing Unit (FPMU), P&M Signs, Inc., of Mountainair, New Mexico, now produces Altree® based on this research. Altree® is a high-value wood-plastic composite that is non-corrosive, insect and mold resistant, nontoxic, and stable in all weather conditions.

It can be used in many applications, including signage, decking, fencing, picnic tables, park benches, tool handles and landscape timbers. Altree® has been a success for the company and the community; major customers include the U.S. Forest Service, New Mexico Highway Department, New Mexico State Parks, New Mexico Game and Fish, and National Parks.

Lab Notes - FPL's online news feed

Below are the 10 most recent Lab Notes blog postings pertaining to this research unit.

TitleDate Posted
Research on Electronic Components Made from Wood Continues to Advance

The Forest Products Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) have a history of collaboration aimed at making electronic components from wood. From flexible electronic screens to computer chips, this partnership has produced fascinatin...
06-23-2020
Method for Producing Graphene from Lignin Awarded Patent

Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) researcher Zhiyong Cai, with industrial and academic partners from Domtar Corporation and Mississippi State University, was granted a patent on June 2, 2020 for their method of synthesizing graphene from lignin.   ...
06-15-2020
Research in Progress – Combating Climate Change through Sustainable Wood Products

Copyright atelierjones. Used by permission. Like a raging forest fire, climate change has many fronts. And it won’t be fixed by a singular solution. Heroic systemic changes throughout all sectors are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GH...
04-21-2020
Collaboration Yields U.S. Patent for Green Building Materials

University of Colorado Denver (CU) professor and architect Julee Herdt, in collaboration with John Hunt of the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), and Kellen Schauermann, architect, CU alumnus and research assistant, recently received a patent for envi...
02-16-2018
T3 Building in Minneapolis"The Revolutionary Role of Wood in our Future":

The following is a post on the USDA blog highlighting research from the Forest Products Laboratory and the Northern Research Station. The original post can be seen here...
01-09-2018
Plywood from Past to Present:

Plywood is one of the most common, yet overlooked materials used throughout the world today. But how has this revolutionary wood composite, dating back to 2600 BC Egypt, influenced the changing times?
08-15-2017
Cellulose Nanocomposites Workshop:

Are you interested in learning about the exciting opportunities that lignocellulosic nanomaterials and nanocomposites offer? If so, we invite you to attend a workshop at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to hear from some of the most experienced p...
04-25-2017
CLT concept and use in a nine-story mid-rise building in London.Mass Timber Research Workshop Presentations Available Online!

The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) recently hosted the inaugural Mass Timber Research Workshop in cooperation with Woodworks – Wood Products Council. During the two-day event, more than 120 national and international attendees, including 26 prese...
11-20-2015
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 pre...
09-23-2015
FPL-2011-24FPL Partner Procures Patent:

Whether serving as a bookshelf, tabletop, or wall panel, the composite board is a ubiquitous construction material found in furniture and homes alike. Traditional composite boards use mankind's most trusted building resource, wood, as a base — but ...
09-18-2015