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 2019 Bio 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.


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 April 19, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: May 6, 2019

If you have any questions please contact Corey Connors, cconnors@forestprod.org. Thank you!


Conference

Co-Chairs:

Dr. Nicole Stark
Research Chemical Engineer
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Madison, WI
nstark@fs.fed.us
Dr. Zhiyong Cai
Supervisory Materials Research Engineer
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Madison, WI
zcai@fs.fed.us

Planning

Committee Members

Dr. Ron Sabo
Research Materials Engineer
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
Madison, WI
rsabo@fs.fed.us
Dilpreet Bajwa
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
Dr. Laurent Matuana
Professor
School of Packaging
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Dr. Kristiina Oksman
Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Sweden
Dr. Doug Gardner
University of Mail
Dr. Mohini Sain
University of Toronto