Cellulose nanomaterials seminar set for April 5

Ronald C. Sabo, Research Materials Engineer at the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, will present a seminar entitled: Production and Application of Cellulose Nanomaterials. His lecture will be held Thursday, April 5 at 4 p.m. in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 194. The seminar is sponsored by the Department of Industrial Engineering and the USDA Grants Wheels of Change and I-DISCOVER. It is free and open to all.

This presentation will provide an introduction to and overview of the unique properties, production and applications of cellulose nanomaterials and nanocomposites derived from wood. The enormous potential of these materials, as well as some of the associated challenges, will be also be addressed with an emphasis on ongoing research at the Forest Products Laboratory.

Sabo is currently a focusing on next generation composites using sustainable forest resources. He holds a bachelor’s of engineering from Vanderbilt University and a doctorate from the University of Florida in chemical engineering. His primary area of research emphasizes producing and evaluating novel composites produced from natural fibers that have been processed and modified into nanoparticles and nanofibers with unique physical and mechanical properties. Sabo also has research activities aimed at developing ‘green’ composites using biodegradable, bio-derived, or recycled materials.

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