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Characterization of the Cellulosic Cell Wall – Reduced from $100 to $25

Edited by Douglas D. Stokke, Leslie H. Groom

Plant biomass resources are seen as a vast reservoir of potential to be unlocked as sustainable fiber, fuel and chemical feedstock for the 21st century. Vital to the achievement of this promise are fundamental investigations on the nature and industrial application of lignocellulosic materials.

This volume brings together a broad array of scientific expertise to focus on the characterization and utilization of cellulosic materials. Researchers from Austria, Germany, Sweden, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the US explore many facets of the plant cell wall, from its fundamental structure and its manipulation via molecular biology to its application in composite materials. Exciting applications of near infrared spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, confocal microscopy and molecular coupling as a viscoelastic probe provide new insights into the ultrastructure and properties of cellulosic materials.

In total this volume represents a unique contribution to both our understanding and our vision for the sustainable use of biobased materials.

New Book by Dr. Jim Bowyer Ready for Pre-Sale Orders

New Book by Dr. Jim Bowyer Ready for Pre-Sale Orders The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise is Ready for Pre-Sale Orders. In a new book The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise, author Jim Bowyer delves into the ethically bankrupt position that underlies much of environmental policy of the U.S. and other wealthy countries. He notes that aggressive resistance to local extraction of raw materials in the face of high per capita consumption, and heavy reliance on imported raw materials adds up to what has been aptly described as environmental imperialism. Bowyer observes that “…contrary to common practice today, high consuming nations need to be asking, ‘Why not in my back yard?’”

“This is an important work from a life-long committed environmentalist, and Dr. Bowyer turns the lens around to our own often hypocritical or counter-productive behaviors towards sustainability,” says Jennifer O’Connor, President, Athena Sustainable Materials Institute in Ottawa, Canada.  “His compelling and clear message about the role of our consumption in the degradation of the planet ought to inspire every one of us to think about the problem a little differently.” In one part of the book, Bowyer assesses actions of a number of U.S. Presidents often considered the best environmental.  He observes that they often mandated actions to protect the domestic environment with little or no consideration of high levels of domestic consumption, or the massive importation of raw materials that support that consumption. There is similarly seldom evidence of thinking about how domestic materials demand might be reduced, or how environments of other nations might be impacted as a result of increasing raw material importation.  Bowyer notes that this kind of provincial positioning is not limited to the U.S., but characterizes pervasive thinking and actions that take place at all levels of government in economically developed countries all over the world.

The volume delves into such controversial matters as population dynamics and what that might mean for consumption-oriented economic systems, environmental implications of immigration, shortcomings of environmental education, considerations of global equity, and strategies for addressing consumption. Several chapters are dedicated to what might be done to change course. An important work of our time, The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise will be available soon. The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise by Jim L. Bowyer is scheduled for release on September 1.  Presale orders are being taken by Itasca Books HERE.

New board members as of July 1, 2016

Sudipta Dasmohapatra

Past President
Eric Hansen

President Elect
Bob Smith

Vice President
Nicole Robitaille Brown

Eini Lowell
Rupert Wimmer
Andreja Kutnar
Magnus Walinder

H. Michael Barnes

Associate Editor
Sue LeVan Green

Newsletter Editor
David Jones

Executive Director
Victoria Herian

Forest Utilization Society Oregon State University

FUSE is a student club within the College of Forestry at OSU. We are jointly affiliated with Forest Products Society and the Society of Wood Science and Technology. The goal of the club is to create a network of students interested in the forest products industry and to host events to cater to student interests within the sector. We have social events such as club hikes, BBQ’s, and bowling nights. We also participate in the Wood Magic program hosted at OSU by making wood bazookas and other props used for the event. The club holds an annual trip on MLK weekend where we do mill tours on the way to a fun weekend getaway. This year we stayed in Tacoma, WA and visited Windfall Lumber, a reclaimed wood company, the APA Testing Lab, Weyerhaeuser’s Longview export facility, and USNR. Currently, we are volunteering our time to make wood benches for a local elementary school garden with donated material from a local sawmill. When available, the club also sponsors student members to attend academic conferences and professional networking events. We bring in guest speakers once a term from local businesses, job recruiting agencies, or academia. We strive to keep the excitement and momentum of the forest products industry alive.1 4 3 2

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is hosting an image competition called EnvisioNano.  FS is an active party of the NNI because of our cellulose nanomaterials work.  NNI is also very interested in cellulose nanomaterials development globally and have actively worked with us on mutually beneficial topics.  This is a high visibility competition.  I thought it can help with our members’ research.

Mass Timber Conference: Cross-laminated timber and mass timber construction in the U.S.

North America’s premier cross-laminated timber and mass timber construction event — the Mass Timber Conference — is set for March 22-24, 2016 in Portland, Oregon USA. The event will feature two full days of education tracks and a one-day tour (more info soon). Mass timber experts from around the world will make up our educational agenda that aims to help U.S. companies overcome current hurdles in CLT production and construction, and increase the use of mass timber in mid- and high-rise buildings throughout North America.

The current exhibitors at the event are: MyTiCon Timber Connectors, Binderholz, Wienig, StructureCraft Builders, Minda, James G. Murphy Co, Oregon Forest Research Institute, RedBuilt, Siga Cover, Structurlam, and Costa Sanders with several other verbal commitments.

Word of mouth has been tremendous, with many companies in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. reaching out to state their desire to exhibit and sponsor. We are running an extra early-bird discount through Dec. 2 on attendee passes and exhibit spaces where registrants can save 25% off full price.

Please see the event website for more information and feel free to give me a call with any questions.

Join us at the 2016 Mass Timber Conference:

Report on Lech Muszynski’s SWST Visiting Scientist Visit to the University of Maine

Dr. Lech Muszynski, Professor in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering at Oregon State University visited the University of Maine on September 28 and 29, 2015 as part of the SWST Visiting Scientist Program.  Over the two day visit, Lech met with the forest resources, wood science and civil engineering faculty (Steve Shaler, Doug Gardner, Bob Rice, Mehdi Tajvidi, Roberto Lopez-Anido) Advanced Composites Center staff (Russell Edgar, Jon Hill) as well as graduate students working on CLT related projects (Nick Willey and Jaya Tripathi), discussing common research interests and potential for future collaborations.  

He made a presentation to faculty and students titled Making CLT: The Whos, the Wheres and the Hows describing his interest and experience in the cross laminated timber (CLT) industry. The CLT industry is well established in Europe but is only beginning in North America. The detailed overview of the cross laminated timber industry by Dr. Muszynski was well received by both faculty and students.

Presentation Abstract:

Making CLT: The Whos, the Wheres and the Hows

The presentation was an overview of the profiles of the global CLT industry, with a focus on 21 CLT manufacturing plants toured between 2011 and 2015. Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is a massive structural composite panel product usually consisting of 3 to 9 layers of dimensional timber (lamellas) arranged perpendicular to each other, much like layers of veneer in plywood, and can be used as prefabricated wall, floor and roofing elements in residential, public and commercial structures. This is not merely a new engineered composite panel product but an entirely new building technology revolutionizing the use of timber in construction. The CLT manufacturing process and the technology of erecting prefabricated houses based on this product has been developed in Europe over the last 20 years despite lack of the product standard. The output capacity of the industry worldwide has been growing exponentially. The organic development of the industry resulted in a surprising diversity in the manufacturing processes, products and market strategies. The discussion included the directions of future research in support of the development of the domestic CLT industry.

SWST Call for Abstracts Deadline September 30, 2015

Submit your abstract here.

Due Date: September 30, 2015

Key Features

  • Key Note about Brazilian and South American Forest Products Industry
  • One full day touring sustainable wood structures and wood culture around Curitiba city Joint session on Sustainable Wood Structure with EBRAMEM (Encontro Basileiro em Madeiras e em Estruturas de Madeira), hosted by the Brazilian Institute of Wood and Wood Structures (IBRAMEM)
  • 2ndWood Expo and Construction (hosted by APRE, Paraná State’s Association of Forest-Based Enterprises) showcasing the functionality, sustainability and beauty of wood (March 9-11)

Early Researchers

Half day dedicated to early stage researchers (students and recent graduates). You can present your research and participate in the poster session. Students can participate in student poster competition.


Sustainable Wood Construction: Challenges and Lessons Learned
Lignocellulosic Material Science and Properties: Innovation, Durability, and Quality
Biomass and Bioenergy: Technology, Economic, Environmental and Social Assessment
Forest Products Utilization, Marketing and Policy
Green Chemistry and Chemicals
Poster Session
An Abstract is required for all poster and oral presentations for

SWST International Convention
Poster Presentation
Due Date: September 30, 2015

Submit your abstract here.
Questions? Please contact Sudipta Dasmohapatra at