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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Zhiyong Cai

Supervisory Materials Research Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: 608-231-9446


Current Research

The FPL Engineered Composites Science research work unit is responsible for developing new and improved composites from wood and other non-wood fiber sources using thermoset, thermoplastic, inorganic and other naturally-derived binders. Dr. Cai works on developing new bio-based composites, understanding the manufacturing processes, and improving the performance of wood composites.

Research Interests

  • Bio-based composites
  • Composite warping
  • Engineered composite properties
  • Cellulose nano material and nano composites
  • Wood Structural design and assessment
  • Product standard development

Education

  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, Ph.D. Wood Science and Engineering,
  • Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China, MS Wood Science and technology,
  • East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, BS Physics,

Professional Organizations

  • International Academy Of Wood Science, Fellow (2013 - Current)
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Member (1996 - Current)
  • Forest Products Society (FPS), Member (1993 - Current)

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


FPL-2010-013
An Innovative Method for Determining Moisture Gradient of Wood Products

Changes in moisture content of wood-based composite materials can lead to linear expansion and, more specifically, hygroexpansion. This can caus ...

2010


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-2013-147
Creating Advanced Graphene Material from Lignin

Graphene materials are produced from carbon containing compounds by physical, thermal, or chemical process in either the gas, liquid, or solid p ...

2013


FPL-2010-014
Effects of Press Sizes on Internal Steam Pressure during Particleboard Hot-Pressing Process

Internal steam pressure produced during the hot-pressing cycle in particleboard production is critical to the newly developed bond strength that ...

2010


FPL-2010-016
Fabrication Utilization of Recycled Fiber/Agricultural Fiber Panels and Exhibit

The Forest Products Laboratory's research using anaerobically digested agricultural waste fibers combined with recycled paper fibers to make str ...

2010


FPL-2012-04
Metal Core Nanoparticles Created From Wood Char, a Bioenergy Byproduct

Shell-encapsulated metal core carbon nanoparticles have potential applications in magnetic data storage, xerography, drug delivery, and as a cat ...

2012


FPL-2010-015
Particleboard Panels Manufactured from Rice Straws of Different Geometries

Faced with worldwide shortages of forest resources, environmental pollution and waste of biological resources resulting from field burning of ri ...

2010


FPL-2011-20
Pretreating Wood Chips for Manufacturing Medium Density Fiberboard

FPL researchers studied how pretreating wood chips before manufacturing medium density fiberboard affected both the end product and the amount o ...

2011


FPL-2011-21
Producing Value-Added Composite Panels from Aspen Slash Wood

The disposal of forest thinning residue is a concern when looking at sustainable forest management. Researchers found this material could be a ...

2011


FPL-2011-22
Rice Straw Particleboard

There has recently been a revival of interest in using agriculture residues to produce particleboards and other composite panels due to competit ...

2011


FPL-2012-19
Studying Cellulose Nanofibril Films for Use in Electronics

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 : 10/20/2014