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Materials Science at Oregon State University


Date: Thursday, Mar 5th
Presenter: Dr. John Simonsen, Professor, OSU Wood Science and Engineering


After a brief introduction to nanotechnology in general we will explore nanocellulose, which comes in two forms: crystals and fibers. We will see how these nanomaterials are manufactured and some of their properties. Then we will discuss applications and commercialization activities and finally briefly review some recent experiments at OSU.

John Simonsen received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1975. He joined the faculty of the Oregon State University (OSU) Department of Forest Products in 1990, following a decade of working in small and medium-sized businesses in the chemical industry, including Simonsen Chemical Company, which formulated and sold wood preservatives to the wood treating industry.

Dr. Simonsen's research interests include cellulose nanocrystals and polymer composites, including natural fiber-polymer composites. He is presently a Professor in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering, the OSU Materials Science Program and holds graduate status in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He is also a member of ONAMI (the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute).