Wood and other natural fibers have been used in composites for many years. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest with the largest examples including the development of the wood-plastic composites industry and nanocellulose composites. A new generation of composites is emerging as material behavior is better understood, process and performance are improved, and new opportunities are identified. Recent trends such as the desire to decrease petroleum dependence, increase biocontent, commercial production of nanocellulose, and changing markets will play a major role in the future of these composites.

The 2017 Advancements in Fiber-Polymer Composites Symposium provides a forum for experts from scientific, technical, and industrial communication to exchange and disseminate information on the latest advances and future opportunities for fiber-polymer composites. Presentations covering wood fibers, natural fibers, and nanocellulose composites will be featured. The Symposium includes and optional one-day workshop on cellulose nanocomposites.

Who should attend:
- Researchers and educators
- Producers and potential producers
- Suppliers of wood and biofiber
- Suppliers of equipment and services
- Consultants and engineers


Key Deadlines:

Abstract Submission: Deadline Nov. 15, 2016
Notification of Acceptance: January 2017

If you have any questions please contact Jessica Reaves at jessica@forestprod.org. Thank you!


Conference Co-Chairs:


Dr. Nicole Stark
Research Chemical Engineer
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Madison, WI


Dr. Zhiyong Cai
Supervisory Materials Research Engineer
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Madison, WI


Workshop Chair:


Dr. Ron Sabo
Research Materials Engineer
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Madison, WI


Planning Committee Members


Dr. Dilpreet Bajwa
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND


Dr. Alper Kiziltas
Research Scientist – Sustainable Biomaterials and Plastics
Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, MI


Dr. Laurent Matuana
School of Packaging
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI


Dr. Kristiina Oksman
Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Sweden


Dr. Alan Rudie
Supervisory Research Chemist
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Madison, WI


Dr. Wayne Song
WPCC (Wood-Plastic Composite Council of China)
Futuresoft, Inc.


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Exhibitor Opportunities

The scope and quality of the scientific exchange during this conference offers a chance for your company or organization to showcase product development and research to the highly targeted group of international professionals.If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, please contact Scott Springmier, Executive Director, Forest Products Society at scott@forestprod.org or +1 404-375-0464.