In addition to the conference, a Nanotechnology in Wood Composites Symposium will be held on May 18, 2011 and will take place at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory. A select group of speakers will inform attendees on the latest research on applying nanotechnology to wood-based composites.

Wednesday Morning
Keynote Address
Is nanotechnology the future of forest products? Hear what University of Maine Professor Doug Gardner has to say on the subject.
Session I: Applying Nanotechnology to Wood Composites
This session gives two examples of where nanotechnology and wood composites intersect: 1) applying nanotechnology to wood composites and 2) using nano-scale materials derived from wood to produce composites. Come hear about enhancing durability of wood-based composites with nanotechnology and transparent polymer nanocomposites.

Wednesday Afternoon
Session II: Applications and Processing Methods

How can we use nanocellulose? This session explores new research in medical applications, paint, and thermoset composites, and as well as a new drying and grafting method for cellulose nanofibrils.
Session III: Nanocellulose Composites
This session explores some of the latest research advances relevant to nanocellulose composites including: suface modifications of fibrillated cellulose, nanowhisker alignment by electrical fields, hybrid porous cellulose/metal nanocomposites, and nano-structured carbons from thermal treatment.

An optional tour of the new USDA Forest Products Laboratory 90,000 square foot research facility will take place on Wednesday morning, May 18.

The 11th International Conference on Wood & Biofiber Plastic Composites and Nanotechnology in Wood Composites Symposium are organized by USDA Forest Products Laboratory and the Forest Products Society located in Madison, Wisconsin.

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