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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Nicole M. Stark

Research Chemical Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: 608-231-9392


Current Research

Dr. Nicole Stark's research focuses on the durability of wood-plastic composites from polymers and wood-derived. Nicole is interested in characterizing fundamental changes in surface chemistry and morphology that occur during weathering, and uses innovative processing techniques and treatments to improve weathering performance. Her research also includes incorporating alternative raw materials such as biopolymers, low-value woody biomass, and biorefinery residuals into high-value composites.

Research Interests

  • Composites from wood or other natural fibers and plastics
  • Coating wood composites for improved durability
  • Chemical modification and pre-treatment of wood fibers for enhanced composite durability
  • Changes in surface chemistry of wood-plastic composites during photodegradation
  • Moisture performance and fire performance of wood-plastic composites

Education

  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, Ph.D. Forest Science,
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, MS Mechanical Engineering,
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, BS Chemical Engineering,

Professional Organizations

  • Society of Plastics Engineers, Member

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


FPL-2010-001
Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material

The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general publ ...

2010


FPL-2010-012
Evaluation of Various Fire Retardants for Use in Wood Flour/Polyethylene Composites

Wood-plastic composites (WPCs) represent a class of materials increasingly used in residential construction and furniture-making. The fire perfo ...

2010


FPL-2012-05
New Drying Process Gives Black Locust Wood Exotic Appearance

Heat treatment that prevents discoloration increases uses of this fast growing wood

2012


FPL-2013-160
Wood-Plastic Composites Improved with Fiber Pre-Treatment

Scientists determine the dimensional stability of wood-plastic composites can be improved by treating wood sawdust and particles derived from be ...

2013


Last updated on : 09/17/2014