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

National Program Lead, Forest Products & Wood Utilization Research
1400 Independence Ave., SW
District of Columbia
United States

Phone: 703-605-4197
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Current Research

Position Statement:

World manages and advises USDA and Forest Service leadership on innovations and science and technology development in forest products, inclucing areas of of building materials, pulp, paper, polymers and chemicals from wood.  His coverage starts from wood production in forests, research and development of new technologies and products, commercialization of new technolgies and products, to the end-of-life of products.  His portfolio includes research and development in forest products, sustainable materials, nanotechnology, bio and circular economy, advanced manufacturing, lab-to-market of emerging products and technologies, international standards and innovation.  He represents the Forest Service in interagency initiatives such as the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the Nano Science Engineering and Technology (NSET) subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), the Bioeconomy Initiative, and Advanced Manufacturing.

Research Interests

Past Research

Past research included polymers from renewable materials, polymer characterization, wood adhesives, wood composites and engineered wood products, wood protection, paper products.


  • Mississippi State Unversity, Ph.D. Wood Science and Technology Polymers 1990
  • University of Southern Mississippi, None Polymer Science 1988
  • Virginia Tech, M.S. Wood Science Polymers 1986

Professional Experience

  • National Program Lead, Forest Products and Wood Utilization, U.S. Forest Service
    2006 - Current
  • Internal Consultant, Potlatch Corporation
    2002 - 2006
    Lead new technology development and implementation in the Corporate Marketing Group. Technologies evaluated for new business development included: scrimber beams, nonpressure treated OSB, Green Building, FSC certification, fire resistant panels, paper wipes, conductive particleboard, particleboard web for I joist, high temperature gluing for figure joint studs, SIP panels. Led or participated in building code issues, standards development, work force development issues, trade shows, capital financing, intellectual property protection, instructional material for fire academies.
  • President, HTL Trading Company
    2002 - 2003
    Log and other commodity export to China.
  • Senior Research Chemist, Georgia Pacific Chemcial Company
    1994 - 2002
    Wood adhesives development and sales support, wood composites research, formaldehyde emission technologies, EPA regulations, mold and termite protection, manufacturing support, customers support in Southeast U.S.
  • Director for Amino Resins, Southeastern Adhesives Company
    1991 - 1994
    Formulate, production support, technical support for amino resins in wood composites, furniture, paper saturation and non-wood applications.
  • Post Doctoral Researcher, Mississippi State University
    1990 - 1991
    Synthesize wood adhesives from natural polymers.

Professional Organizations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Member (2015 - )
  • Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), Past Chair, Nanocellulose International Standards Coordination Committee (2011 - )
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Member of the Critical Issues Committee (1996 - )
    Past Chair of the George Marra Award Committee
  • Forest Products Society (FPS), Member (1987 - )
    Chaired the 2012 National Convention Organizing Committee.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), Executive Committee member of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials (CELL) Division (1983 - )
    Past Chair of the Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division Awards Committee

Awards & Recognition

  • Alumni Fellow, College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University , 2014
  • Forest Products Society Distinuished Service Award, 2012


  • Foster, E. Johan; Moon, Robert J.; Agarwal, Umesh P.; Bortner, Michael J.; Bras, Julien ; Camarero-Espinosa, Sandra ; Chan, Kathleen J.; Clift, Martin J. D.; Cranston, Emily D.; Eichhorn, Stephen J.; Fox, Douglas M.; Hamad, Wadood Y.; Heux, Laurent ; Jean, Bruno ; Korey, Matthew ; Nieh, World ; Ong, Kimberly J.; Reid, Michael S.; Renneckar, Scott ; Roberts, Rose ; Shatkin, Jo Anne; Simonsen, John ; Stinson-Bagby, Kelly ; Wanasekara, Nandula ; Youngblood, Jeff . 2018. Current characterization methods for cellulose nanomaterials.
  • Hansen, Fred; Brun, Victoria; Keller, Emily; Nieh, World; Wegner, Theodore; Meador, Michael; Friedersdorf, Lisa. 2014. Cellulose Nanomaterials A Path Towards Commercialization Workshop Report.

Last updated on : 03/09/2020