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2022 Conference Speakers

Plenary Speakers


Mike Burnard

Deputy Director of the InnoRenew CoE

Assistant Professor at the University of Primorska

Adhesion and Wood: Insights from a Bibliometric Analysis of Published Literature

Mike grew up in the forest sector in the Pacific Northwest of the US, first following his father and grandfather around the family sawmill and later working for the company, which became noted for its innovative products, marketing, and operations. He returned to academia in 2010 and completed a Master’s of Science degree in Wood Science at Oregon State University in 2012.

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Manfred Dunky


Challenges of Bio-based Materials from an Industrial Perspective

Manfred Dunky studied Polymer Engineering and Science at the University in Leoben, Austria, and got his PhD 1980 on “Chemical-physical characterization of UF resins for the particleboard industry”. 


Greeley Beck

Senior Development Chemist


Adhesive systems – for future structural and non-structural wood applications

Greeley obtained his Master’s degree in Wood Science and Engineering from Oregon State University in 2014 and then moved to Norway to pursue his PhD in Wood Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. 

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Joseph Jakes

Research Materials Engineer

US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory

Using Advanced Experimental Tools to Accelerate Wood Adhesive Development

Since 2010 Joseph Jakes has been a Research Materials Engineer in the Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering group at the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI. He received a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005.

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Charles Markessini

R&D Director

Chimar  Hellas SA

Adhesive Systems used in the European, Asian, and African Particleboard, MDF, and OSB Industries

He has completed his Chemical Engineering studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece, in 2002. In his final thesis, he studied the design of a pilot unit producing urea-formaldehyde resins under continuous flow conditions.

In 2007 he has completed a two-year master’s course in “Applied Informatics, specialization in Computer Systems” at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. 


Nayomi Plaza

Materials Research Engineer

US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory

Nayomi Plaza is a Materials Research Engineer at the US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL). She received her PhD in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison in December 2017. Her doctoral dissertation focused on neutron scattering studies on the nanoscale wood-water interactions to elucidate the role of these interactions in the durability of forest products.

Using Advanced Tools to Accelerate Wood Adhesive Development

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Lisa Podesto

Senior Business Development Manager

Lendlease Design-Build Americas

Lisa serves as Lendlease’s US-based Timber and Innovation Specialist, responsible for advising construction, development, and design-build projects nationwide where the use of mass timber and componentized solutions are being considered. She supports activities at Lendlease including product development, master planning, design management, cost planning, and pre-construction, guiding early decisions to achieve pioneering, sustainable project delivery, in addition to her leadership and advocacy for timber and low environmental impact building construction.

​​Mass Timber Opportunities: Through the Eyes of a Developer/General Contractor

Liginin in Adhesives Symposium


Jerry Gargulak

Session Organizer

Business Development Manager
Borregaard Ligno Tech

Biography Coming Soon

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Robert Narron

Session Organizer

Research Scientist
Borregaard Ligno Tech

Experienced Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the chemicals and biochemicals industry. Skilled in lignocellulosic biomass processing and characterization, statistical data analysis, and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Mojgan Nejad

Assistant Professor
Michigan State University

Lignin-based Adhesives for Engineered Wood Products

Mojgan Nejad is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Forestry and Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science at Michigan State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in applied chemistry and a Ph.D. in Wood Coating.

Mass Timber Manufacturing

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Dr. Jinlan Ju

Session Organizer

Technical manager

RM Biltrite

Adhesive Curing Kinetics for CLT

For the past twenty years, Dr. Ju has been working on R&D of chemical related engineering process, specialty chemicals and made significant contributions in the field.


Dr. Lech Muszynski

Professor of Wood Science and Engineering
Oregon State University

Global CLT Industry in 2021: Binder Selections

Research Areas:

  • Novel Composite Materials

  • Advanced Manufacturing


Dr. Brad Jianhe Wang


Ningbo Sino-Canada Low-Carbon Technology Research Institute

CLT Market and Technology in China

He is a former senior scientist at FPInnovations. Dr Wang built the first pilot CLT plant in China to make the first batch of Canadian hemlock CLT.

Progress in Traditional Adhesives

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Manfred Dunkey

Session Organizer


Hudak, Shunk & Farine

Manfred Dunky studied Polymer Engineering and Science at the University in Leoben, Austria, and got his PhD 1980 on “Chemical-physical characterization of UF resins for the particleboard industry”. 

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Dr. Byung-Dae Park

Professor, IAWS Fellow
Department of Wood and Paper Science
Kyungpook National University
Daegu, Republic of Korea

An Old Adhesive, But a New Story on Urea-Formaldehyde Resins in Wood Bonding

Research Areas:

  • Formaldehyde-Based Wood Adhesives

  • Wood-Based Bio-Composites

  • Nanocellulose-Based Nanocomposites

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Luisa Hora de Carvalho

Professor of Wood Science and Engineering

Polytechnic Institute of Viseu Portugal

Impact of urea-formaldehyde synthesis parameters on resin and particleboard properties

Luisa Hora de Carvalho is graduated in Chemical Engineering. She obtained an MSc in Wood Science from the Université Henri Poincaré Nancy I (currently Université de Lorraine) and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from FEUP. She is currently a coordinator professor at ESTGV(IPV-Polytechnic Institute of Viseu) where she teaches in the course of Licenciatura in Furniture Technology and Design and is the President of the Wood Engineering Department Council.

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Dr. Tunga Salthammer

Deputy Director, Head of the Department “Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry”, Adjunct Professor at TU Braunschweig, Germany and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

The Impact of Aldehydes and Organic Acids on Indoor Air Quality

Tunga Salthammer earned a Doctor of Natural Science degree in Physical Chemistry from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. He joined the Fraunhofer WKI in 1990, from 1996 until 2021 he was head of the Department of Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry. From January 2010 until October 2010, he was the acting director of WKI, and since March 2011, he is the deputy director of the institute.

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Paschalis Tsirogiannis

Chemical Engineer


High Performance Formaldehyde-based Adhesives: How was the progress achieved?

For almost fifteen years now, he has been working at CHIMAR HELLAS S.A., currently holding the position of Senior Technical Representative. CHIMAR HELLAS S.A. is an industrial R&D company based in Thessaloniki, Greece, which provides technology for the production of adhesive resins and their additives, as well as technology for their application in the wood-based panel industry.

Protein Adhesives Symposium

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Dr. Charles Frihart

Session Organizer


USDA Forest Service, Forest Prodcuts Laboratory

Dr. Frihart is engaged with building bridges between applied and fundamental research, industry and academics, nano-scale processes and macro-scale properties, chemical structures and polymer properties between the United States and foreign researchers. His main area of interest is in adhesives, but the interaction of chemicals with wood has important value from his perspective.

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Dr. Qiang Gao


College of Materials Science and Technology

Beijing Forestry University

DIC has has been used in bondlines before.  What's novel? 

Dr. Qiang Gao received his Ph.D. degree at Beijing Forestry University, China in 2012.  Then he joined the faculty at Beijing Forestry University as a Lecturer and was promoted to Professor in 2018. During  2010 – 2011, he received a scholarship to come to Mississippi State University (MSU) as a joint Ph.D. student working with Prof. Sheldon Shi. In 2011, he won the first place award for the student poster competition at the Annual Convention, Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) in Portland, OR.

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