Wood and other natural fibers have been used in composites for many years. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest with the largest examples including the development of the wood-plastic composites industry and nanocellulose composites. A new generation of composites is emerging as material behavior is better understood, process and performance are improved, and new opportunities are identified. Recent trends such as the desire to decrease petroleum dependence, increase biocontent, commercial production of nanocellulose, and changing markets will play a major role in the future of these composites.


The 2019 Bio Fiber-Polymer Composites Symposium provides a forum for experts from scientific, technical, and industrial communication to exchange and disseminate information on the latest advances and future opportunities for fiber-polymer composites. Presentations covering wood fibers, natural fibers, and nanocellulose composites will be featured.


Dr. Nicole Stark

Research Chemical Engineer
USDA Forest Service, FPL
Madison, WI

Dr. Zhiyong Cai

Supervisory Materials Research Engineer
USDA Forest Service, FPL
Madison, WI


Dr. Ron Sabo

Dilpreet Bajwa

Dr. Laurent Matuana 

Research Materials Engineer
USDA Forest Service, FPL
Madison, WI

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND

School of Packaging
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Dr. Kristiina Oksman 

Dr. Doug Gardner

Dr. Mohini Sain

Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Sweden

University of Maine

University of Toronto

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