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Ronald C. Sabo

Ronald C. Sabo

Research Materials Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison
Wisconsin
United States
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

Education

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

Featured Publications & Products

Patents

Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


FPL-2012-08
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. ...

2012


FPL-2010-011
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 ...

2010


FPL-2017-101
Improving biopolymers for packaging applications using surface-tailored cellulose nanocrystals

Demand is rapidly increasing for environmentally friendly packaging materials that are derived from renewable resources and are biodegradable, b ...

2017


FPL-2016-57
Improving the Hydrolysis and Fibrillation of Wood Into Cellulose Nanomaterials

Cellulose nanomaterials have been receiving an increasing amount of interest from both the scientific and industrial communities because of thei ...

2016


FPL-2011-18
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 ...

2011


FPL-2018-16
Modifying Cellulose Nanomaterials for Wet Compounding into Polylactic Acid

Cellulose nanomaterials (CNMs) have been demonstrated to significantly improve various properties, including mechanical and barrier performance, ...

2018


FPL-2016-58
Renewable, Biodegradable Polylactic Acid-Cellulose Nanocrystal Composites for Packaging Applications

Packaging research conducted at the Forest Products Laboratory is aimed at developing fully biobased composites containing cellulose nanomateria ...

2016


FPL-2014-188
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 ...

2014


Last updated on : 07/12/2019