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 Expert  722765

Expert in New Benign Wood Preservatives, Leaching of Preservatives, Wood Chemistry

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Mississippi (MS)
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Expert obtained a Ph.D. in wood chemistry from Irv Goldstein at NCSU in 1981, and is currently a Professor of Forest Products, and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, at Expert's University. In the past 24 years he has worked on numerous projects in wood chemistry, principally lignin and extractive chemistry. He has co-organized two symposia in the areas of biomass conversion and lignin chemistry, and co-edited two books on these topics.

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Expert and Dr. Darrel Nicholas have worked together for a number of years on developing environmentally-benign totally-organic and copper-organic biocide wood preservatives using several approaches: non-biocidal additives to enhance the efficacy of organic biocides; synergistic biocide mixtures which can be used in wood preservation and outdoor efficacy studies of these systems; and the leaching and biodegradation of wood preservatives. Based on their joint efforts he and Dr. Nicholas have been awarded five U.S. patents, and several companies are looking at possible commercialization of their patented antioxidant/organic biocide synergism concept. He and Dr. Nicholas are also trying to develop additives to improve the dimensional stability of lumber. Tor, Dr. Nicholas, and other scientists have co-organized one symposium on the fundamental chemistry of wood deterioration and preservation, and co-edited the associated book. They are also co-organizing another applied symposium on how to develop a new wood preservative, and molds in homes, with a book tentatively accepted.

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Jackson, Mississippi;  and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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with this expert:

Wood Products, Preservation and Recycling; Marketing and...
Wood Preservation, Wood Decay, Wood Poles, Wood Failure,...
Wood Deterioration/ Preservation; Wood-Inhabiting Fungi and...
Wood Science, Wood Technology, Wood Preservation, Wood...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1981   Ph.D.   Wood Chemistry   North Carolina State University  
1977   M.S.   Wood Technology   North Carolina State University  
1975   B.S.   Forest Products   University of Florida   Highest Honors

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1981 to


(Undisclosed University)


Forest Products Lab




Expert conducts research in new benign wood preservatives, leaching of wood preservatives, and chemistry and analysis of wood, including lignin reaction and extractives.

1983 to


(Undisclosed University)




Adjunct Professor


Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Chemical Society; Forest Products Society, Society of Wood Science and Technology, Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry, American Wood Preservers' Association, International Academy of Wood Science, and the International Research Group on Wood Preservation.

Professional Appointments

He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology and of Holzforschung.


Expert is a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has six U.S. patents awarded and one U.S. patent allowed, over 100 publications, and has co-edited three books on biomass utilization, lignin chemistry, and wood preservation.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  
 - American Chemical Society (ACS) Symposium  
 - Holzforschung  
 - Forest Products Journal  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert worked with a pulp and paper company on log inventory and minimizing degradation.
  • He worked with a government panel awarding research proposals.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Fermentation expert for consulting on wood hydrolysis process review.
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Additional Skills and Services:

Expert is currently co-organizing a symposium for the American Chemical Society on new wood preservative development, and another on molds in homes.


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