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Mandla A. Tshabalala

Mandla A. Tshabalala

Research Chemist
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: 608-231-9505
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Research Interests

  • Chemical and physical modification of wood polymers
  • Isolation, characterization and material properties of hemicelluloses and lignins
  • Performance properties of hybrid inorganic-organic thin films on wood substrates
  • Surface chemistry of wood polymers and related lignocellulosic materials
  • Wood products performance enhancement
  • Application of wood fiber in water filtration
  • Application of dense media plasma (DMP) in water purification


  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, Ph.D. Chemistry,
  • Leningrad Institute of Technology, St. Petersburg, Russia, M.S. Chemical Engineering,
  • University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa, B.S. Chemistry and Physics,

Professional Organizations

  • American Chemical Society, Member
  • Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, Member

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Research Highlights


Lumen filling and sol-gel reinforcement of the wood cell wall

FPL researchers used a two-prong strategy to enhance weathering properties of wood. This dual treatment showed promise in protecting wood agains ...


Sol-gel technology to enhance performance properties of wood or wood fiber

With support from industry partners, FPL researchers are developing new sol-gel technologies to enhance performance properties of wood or wood f ...


Last updated on : 03/05/2015