Engineered Wood Composite
and Sustainable Manufacturing
Thursday, August 25 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Session Code: MFG11
Location: B311 (located in Building B - Level 3)
Presented by: Franklin Furniture Institute, Mississippi State University (MSU)
Speaker: Dr. Hui Wan, Associate Professor, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Mississippi State University
Engineered Wood composite products are manufactured by binding the strands veneers, lumber or other elements together with adhesives to form new types of composite materials. These products are often stiffer, stronger, and larger than would otherwise be possible with the woody raw materials. These products are engineered to precise design specifications which are tested to meet national or international standards. They are used in a variety of applications from furniture, home construction, automobiles, containers, and other high value, high performance applications. One of the most critical issues in the sustainable development of the wood composite industry is how to use raw material efficiently. This presentation will help attendees learn the functions of engineering in engineered wood composite production. The purpose of the presentation is to help people to understand several key issues in making the engineered wood composite production efficiently.
About Dr. Hui Wan: Hui Wan received his bachelor degree in forest products at Central Southern University of Forestry and Technology in China, his master degree in wood composite at the Royal Agriculture University of Copenhagen, Denmark and his Ph.D. in wood composites at Mississippi State University, USA.
Hui Wan works at Mississippi State University as an associate professor in wood composites. His research interests are sustainable manufacturing forest products, wood adhesives, recycling, and new forest products development. He worked at FPInnovations, was a project leader of medium density fiberboard (MDF) & particleboard (PB), oriented strand board, laminated veneer lumber, cross laminated timber, nano material application and wood modification research programs, and was a FPInnovations’ technical liaison to Louisianan Pacific, Georgia-Pacific, Tolko, Tembec, Norbord, Flakeboard and Uniboard.
He was a trustee of Forest Product Society Eastern Canadian Section for more than 10 years and a reviewer of National Science and Education Foundation of Canada. He serviced as an adjunct professor at University Laval for about 10 years. He has served as a reviewer of the Louisiana Board of Regents Pfund and CPA’s MDF and PB standard. He has developed 7 patents or patent applications covering flaking, bio-treatment chitosan for adhesive, binderless panel, nano cellulose application in wood adhesives.