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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Mandla A. Tshabalala

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


Research Interests

  • Chemical and physical modification of wood
  • FTIR, LC/MS, GC/MS characterization of modified wood constituents
  • 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

Education

  • 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

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


FPL-2011-19
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 ...

2011


FPL-2010-022
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 ...

2010


Last updated on : 09/17/2014