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Ronald C. Sabo

Ronald C. Sabo

Research Materials Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: 608-231-9530
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Current Research

Dr. Ron Sabo's research aims at developing next generation composites using sustainable forest resources and a fundamental understanding of material properties and interactions. His work aims to develop advanced composites by understanding and exploiting the properties of materials at the nanometer and molecular scales. More specifically, he is working to develop novel composites produced from natural fibers that have been processed and modified into nanoparticles and nanofibers with unique physical and mechanical properties. Dr. Sabo also has research activities aimed at developing 'green' composites using biodegradable, bio-derived, or recycled materials.

Research Interests

  • Cellulose nanocomposites
  • 'Green' composites
  • Recycling
  • Modification and characterization of lignocellulosic surfaces
  • Reactive extrusion
  • Colloidal and interfacial phenomena


  • University of Florida, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2001
  • Vanderbilt University, B.E. Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, 1997

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Research Highlights


Cellulose Nanofiber Composites Can Serve as Substrate for Flexible Electronics

Transparent films made from cellulose nanofibers have low thermal expansion and the potential to serve as a foundation for flexible electronics. ...


Improved Composites from Wood Flour and Mixed Plastics

In a cooperative project with Louisiana State University, Forest Products Laboratory researchers have used crosslinking technologies, commonly u ...


Integrating the Production of Nanofibrillated Cellulose and Biofuels

FPL researchers have demonstrated a method of integrating the production of cellulose nanofibers and biofuels. Such a strategy is expected to im ...


Short Cellulose Nanofibrils Reinforce Aligned Polyvinyl Alcohol Fibers

Cellulose nanomaterials have recently gained much attention for their potential use for reinforcing polymers and for use in functional materials ...


Last updated on : 04/20/2015