Research Materials Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Contact Nayomi Plaza
My current research focuses on the use of x-ray and neutron scattering techniques to better understand structure-property relationships.
I'm particularly interested in the role of nanostructure as well as molecular architecture responsible for increased durability against the elements and dimensional stability.
Wood cell wall nanostructure
Nanoscale and molecular level wood-water interactions
Scattering and spectroscopy techniques (using x-ray and neutrons)
Why This Research is Important
The role of wood nanostructure has often been elusive via conventional characterization techniques typically because of poor contrast. Yet, better understanding of the architectures needed for improved durability can lead to the accelerated development of new bioinspired materials as well improved forest products.
- University of Wisconsin - Madison, Ph.D. Materials Science 2017
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.S. Materials Science 2015
- University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2011
- Neutron Scattering Society of America
- Forest Products Society (FPS)
Awards & Recognition
- CSURM Fellow, 2019
- Forest Products Society Wood Award 1st Place, 2018
- DOE SCGSR Fellow, 2015
- Composite Panel Association Robert E. Dougherty Scholarship , 2015
- NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2012
- UW Madison Graduate Engineering Scholar, 2012
Featured Publications & Products
- Plaza, Nayomi Z.; Jakes, Joseph E.; Frihart, Charles R.; Hunt, Christopher G.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Lorenz, Linda F. 2017. Small angle neutron scattering as a tool to evaluate moisture-induced swelling in the nanostructure of chemically modified wood cell walls.
- Plaza Rodriguez, Nayomi; Pingali, Sai Venkatesh; Qian, Shuo; Heller, William T.; Jakes, Joseph E. 2016. Informing the improvement of forest products durability using small angle neutron scattering.
- Jakes, Joseph E.; Plaza-Rodriguez, Nayomi; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Stone, Donald S.; Gleber, Sophie-Charlotte; Vogt, Stefan. 2014. Wood as inspiration for new stimuli-responsive structures and materials.
- Ibach, Rebecca E.; Plaza, Nayomi . 2019. Using x-ray scattering to elucidate the mechanisms behind the moisture and fungal decay resistance of epoxybutene modified wood.
- Plaza, Nayomi Z. 2019. On the experimental assessment of the molecular-scale interactions between wood and water.
- Hasburgh, Laura E.; Stone, Donald S.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Plaza, Nayomi Z. 2020. Characterization of wood chemical changes caused by pyrolysis during flaming combustion using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
- Zhu, Yuan ; Plaza, Nayomi ; Kojima, Yuka ; Yoshida, Makoto ; Zhang, Jiwei ; Jellison, Jody ; Pingali, Sai Venkatesh; O’Neill, Hugh ; Goodell, Barry . 2020. Nanostructural analysis of enzymatic and non-enzymatic brown rot fungal deconstruction of the lignocellulose cell wall.
- Frihart, Charles R.; Hunt, Christopher G.; Plaza, Nayomi Z.; Jakes, Joseph E. 2019. Adhesive-wood interactions in relation to failure in bonded wood products from the centimeter to nanometer scale.
- Arzola-Villegas, Xavier ; Lakes, Roderic ; Plaza, Nayomi Z.; Jakes, Joseph E. 2019. Wood moisture-induced swelling at the cellular scale Ab Intra.
- Jakes, Joseph E.; Frihart, Charles R.; Hunt, Christopher G.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Plaza, Nayomi Z.; Lorenz, Linda F.; Ching, Daniel J. 2018. Integrating multiscale studies of adhesive penetration into wood.
- Jakes, Joseph E.; Plaza-Rodriguez, Nayomi; Arzola Villegas, Xavier; Frihart, Charles R. 2017. Improved understanding of moisture effects on outdoor wood adhesive bondlines.
- Jakes, Joseph E.; Frihart, Charles R.; Hunt, Christopher G.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Plaza, Nayomi ; Lorenz, Linda ; Ching, Daniel J. 2017. Integrating multi-scale studies of adhesive penetration into wood.
- Plaza Rodriguez, Nayomi Z. 2017. Neutron scattering studies of nano-scale wood-water interactions.
- Plaza, Nayomi Z.; Jakes, Joseph E.; Frihart, Charles R.; Hunt, Christopher G.; Yelle, Daniel J.; Lorenz, Linda F.; Heller, William T.; Pingali, Sai Venkatesh; Stone, Donald S. 2017. Small-angle neutron scattering as a new tool to evaluate moisture-induced swelling in the nanostructure of chemically modified wood cell walls.
|X-Ray Methods to Observe and Quantify Adhesive Penetration into Wood|
To accelerate development of new and improved wood adhesives for engineered wood products, researchers are working to understand the optimal adh ...