Nanotechnology Research Opportunities Within the Forest Products

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					               Nanotechnology Research Opportunities Within the Forest Products Industry

                                         Friday, February 23, 2007
                                 Birck Nanotechnology Building, Room 2001
                                                  9:30 AM

                                               Dr. Robert Moon
                                          Forest Products Laboratory


At a fundamental level, wood is a complex biological structure, a composite of many chemistries, cell types and
hierarchical structure all acting together to serve the needs of the plant. Not surprising there are limitations to
wood performance when humankind has used wood in ways that “nature” never intended: lumber, furniture,
flooring, laminated lumber, veneer, plywood, oriented strain board, particle board, fiber composites, paper,
filters, etc... Wood science research has made significant improvements in the usefulness and durability of
wood by improving wood’s properties, dimensional stability, and degradation resistance from weathering, fire,
and decay, through chemical modification and by improving the products that are used in conjunction with
wood, such as adhesives and coatings. The Forest Products Laboratory has taken a leading role in many of
these endeavors, and recently has been leading the push for nanotechnology research within the forest industry.
Nanotechnology offers unique opportunities to conduct wood science research by first principles at a size scale
that is comparable to wood’s chemical structure.

This talk will provide an overview of research opportunities within forest products industry. There will be a
general description of the anatomical and chemical structure of wood, their connection to wood’s anisotropic
properties and how nanotechnology research can be applied to provide unique insight for wood property
modification, as well as new product development. A summary of several nanotechnology research areas that
Forest Products Laboratory has begun research in will be given.


            Host: Tim Sands, Birck Nanotechnology Center, (66105, tsands@ecn.purdue.edu)

                                           SPONSORED BY:
     Birck Nanotechnology Center, Bindley Bioscience Center, Discovery Park, The NASA Institute for
  Nanoelectronics and Computing, The Network for Computational Nanotechnology, VEECO, NCN Student
   Leadership Council, Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics, School of Chemical Engineering,
             School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering




         Participants eager to present their research should contact the organizer of this seminar series at
                                                 gba@purdue.edu.