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 Expert  722013

Expert in Wood Adhesives and Wood Composite Products

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Georgia (GA)
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Expert has been an active research scientist in the area of wood adhesives for more than 27 years. He has carried out research on the thermosetting bonding of wood particleboards using urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins in the laboratory to optimize the manufacturing process and has published numerous papers on the topic. The binder resin's characteristics and hot pressing parameters were found to interact to give quality boards in terms of the board's physical strength and formaldehyde emission. Due to Expert's contributions, a new and improved understanding of the board manufacturing process has been achieved.


Expert has carried out research on phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resins used in oriented strand board, softwood plywood, paper saturation and other wood types, and interacted with manufacturing plants and end users. Expert has published numerous papers on the chemical structures and polymer and curing chemistry of PF resins. He has discovered in his research that there are various ways to optimize the resin selection, manufacturing, and application processes in using PF resins, or the end products behave poorly. He has an in-depth understanding of the polymer and curing chemistry of PF resins to optimize processes for resin manufacturers and end users.

phenolic wood adhesive


phenol-formaldehyde resin


oriented strand board

He has also carried out research on resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) and lower cost phenol-resorcinol-formaldehyde (PRF) resins used in wood laminating and the I-beam manufacturing industry. He has a good amount of personal interaction experience in the lumber lamination industry, both with and without the radio-frequency heating for curing. He is familiar with the resin formulations, control of formaldehyde odour, curing and testing the performance of laminated lumber products.

resorcinol-formaldehyde resin


laminated wood

Expert has conducted research on the formulation and manufacturing of wood adhesive thermosetting resins: phenol-formaldehyde, phenol-resorcinol-formaldehyde, urea-formaldehyde, urea-melamine-formaldehyde, lignin and tannin-based resins, and many other additives going into these thermosetting resins. He also has extensive end-user experiences with these resins.

thermosetting adhesive formulation

He has carried out extensive research on (UF) resins formulation, resin polymer structure, curing, storage behavior, and their performance as particleboard binder resins. An improved understanding of UF resins has been achieved through this research, to help optimize processes for better performance and less formaldehyde emission. Expert also has broad experience with additive materials to UF resins – such as melamine in terms of urea-melamine-formaldehyde resins – which help improve the wood bond's durability performance.

urea-formaldehyde resin

Expert has been working as a researcher and product developer on UF resin-bonded particleboard, medium density fiberboard, PF resin-bonded oriented strand board and plywood, and PRF resin-bonded laminated lumber products. He has developed many adhesive systems for these wood products and is familiar with performance testing and actual performance. He also has research experience on steam-injection wood composite lumber products such as Parallel Lam.

wood product


wood performance

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Jackson, Mississippi;  and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Often requested
with this expert:

Adhesive Consulting, Formulating, & Research in Structural,...
Wood Products, Preservation and Recycling; Marketing and...
Wood Science, Wood Technology, Wood Preservation, Wood...
Wood Science, Wood Chemistry, Wood Coatings, Recycling

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1973   Ph.D.   Chemistry   Kansas State University  
1964   B.S.   Chemistry   Kyung Hee University, Korea  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1988 to


(Undisclosed University)


College of Forest Resources (CFR)




Expert teaches wood adhesives and finishes courses to undergraduate and graduate students at Mississippi State. He also conducts government and private contract research.

1984 to 1988


Georgia-Pacific Resins, Inc.


Wood Adhesives R&D


Senior Development Chemist


He developed and serviced wood adhesives for wood composite products customers.

1974 to 1984


Weyerhaeuser Company


Technology Center




Expert developed and serviced wood adhesives for uses in Weyerhaeuser's wood composite products division.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the the American Chemical Society (ACS); Society of Wood Science and Technology; Japan Wood Science and Technology.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has 26 wood adhesive and other wood composite board-related publications.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Applied Polymer Science  
 - Journal of Polymer Science  
 - Journal of Polymer Chemistry  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has developed ways to improve wood adhesive bonds by reformulating urea and melamine-urea-formaldehyde resins.
  • He has been an expert witness regarding the durability of phenol-formaldehyde resin-bonded oriented strand boards (OSB) in residential uses.
  • Expert successfully identified the causes of poor wood board consolidation in particleboard and medium density fiberboard (MDF).
  • He has worked to improve the cooking method of oriented strand board binder-type phenol-formaldehyde resins.
  • He has also improved the bonding performance of phenol-resorcinol-formaldehyde wood laminating resins.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in wood treatments for consulting on release agents for particleboard, MDF, OSB.
  • Expert in intota for consulting on Failure of Dynea Prefere 4050/5750 Adhesive.
  • Expert in resins for consulting on starting formulations for UF, MUF for PB, MDF.
  • Coating expert for consulting on melamine.
  • Expert in wood treatment chemicals for consulting on regulatory requirements for the sale of treated materials.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert witness lumber adhesives for consulting on alleged foul odor emanating from engineered wood joists.
  • Expert in formaldehyde poisoning.
  • Expert in intota for consulting on Formaldehyde Exposure.
  • Expert in formaldehyde for consulting on FEMA trailer litigation.
  • Expert for consulting on breach of verbal contract in plywood case.
  • Expert witness composite wood products for consulting on composite wood beams.
  • Formaldehyde expert or consulting on formaldehyde off-gassing in an RV.
  • Formaldehyde expert for consulting on 5th wheel trailer off gassing.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Korean   Expert's native language is Korean.
German   He can read German.
Japanese   Expert can also read some Japanese.

Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

Expert has a variety of ongoing research interests in wood and wood products. Currently, he is investigating: thermosetting wood adhesive resins; wood composites; steam injection pressing of wood composites plants; tool wear of wood composites; curing chemistry of thermosetting resins and polymers; and molecular structure determination of resins and polymers.


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