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Nayomi Plaza

Nayomi Plaza

Research Materials Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
United States

Phone: 608-231-9561
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Current Research

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.

Research Interests

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

Professional Organizations

  • 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


Research Highlights


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 ...


Last updated on : 12/17/2021