2022 Conference Speakers

Plenary Speakers


Mike Burnard

Deputy Director of the InnoRenew CoE

Assistant Professor at the University of Primorska

Adhesion and Wood: a Scoping Study and Bibliometric Analysis

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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Ashlee Cribb

Senior Vice President – Chief Commercial Officer

Roseburg Forest Products

Market Outlook and Opportunities for Wood Adhesives

Ashlee Cribb is Senior Vice President – Chief Commercial Officer at Roseburg Forest Products, with headquarters in Springfield, Ore. Ashlee oversees the sales, marketing and logistics functions for the company, and leads a large supply chain transformation initiative and related projects. 

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Manfred Dunkey



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”. 

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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. 

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.

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Stergios Adamopoulos

Linnaeus University

Session Topic: Starch, Lignin, or Both

Stergios Adamopoulos is Professor in Forest Products with specialisation Wood Properties at the Department of Forestry and Wood Technology. 


Martin Feng

Principal Scientist and Wood Adhesive Specialist

Session Topic: Kraft Lignin as an Ingredient in the PF Adhesive System for Plywood: FPInnovations’ Approaches, Problems and Solutions

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Marie-Pierre Laborie

Professor at the Chair of Forest Biomaterials, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Freiburg

Session Topic: Organosolv Lignin for Wood Adhesive Systems

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Tiina Liitia

Research Team Leader, Biorefining Chemistry

Session Topic: Latest Advancement in Lignin-based Resins


Mojgan Nejad

Assistant Professor
Michigan State University

Session Topic: Lignin-based Adhesives for Engineered Wood Products

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Sanna Valkonen

Senior Manager, Business Development and Technical Sales
UPM Biochemicals

Session Topic: Lignin-based Binders: Heading for Mainstream

Currently, Sanna Vlkonen is the leading business development and technical marketing activities related to lignin-based solutions at UPM Biochemicals. Responsible for developing and implementing the offering into the customers’ production system and for introducing lignin-based products at customers globally.

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Eddie Peace

Leader, Corporate Bioproduct Development
West Fraser

Use of technical lignin in panel applications

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Ashar Zafar

Senior R&D Specialist, Biomaterials Innovation
Stora Enso AB

Session Topic: A Bio-based Adhesive, Based on Lignin, with Full Performance for Engineered Wood Products

Senior R&D Specialist with a broad experience in the development of wood adhesives, wood produtcs, polymers and coatings

Mass Timber Manufacturing


Dr. Jinlan Ju

Session Organizer

Technical manager

RM Biltrite

Session Topic: 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.


Bill Arendt

President and Technical Director

Ardent Consulting

Session Topic: Formulation

Bill Ardent is currently the President and Technical Director of Arendt Consulting, Inc.. Arendt Consulting was established in January of 2018. Prior to Arendt Consulting Bill worked with Emerald Kalama Chemical, Genovique, Velsicol Chemical and others.


Cheryl Farine


Hudak, Shunk & Farine

Session Topic: Patents vs. Trade Secrets

Cheryl Farine is a principal with Hudak, Shunk & Farine, an intellectual property practice in Cuyohoga Falls, Ohio. Cheryl has been with Hudak, Shunk and Farine since 2000, and is a member of the Ohio Bar, Federal District Court (N.D. Ohio), Federal Circuit Bar, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and former Federal Panel of ADR/Mediator.


Dr. Lech Muszynski

Professor of Wood Science and Engineering
Oregon State University

Session Topic: CLT Overview

Research Areas:

  • Novel Composite Materials

  • Advanced Manufacturing


Dr. Brad Jianhe Wang


Ningbo Sino-Canada Low-Carbon Technology Research Institute

Session Topic: 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.


Dr. Xinfen Xie

Assistant Professor of Forest Biomaterials
Michigan Tech University

Session Topic Coming Soon

Areas of Expertise

  • Carbon materials derived from wood, lignin, and cellulose

  • Integrated thermochemical conversion and fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass

  • Carbon-polymer composites and hybrid materials

  • Wood protection and preservation

  • Wood properties, quality, and modification

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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Erik van Herwijnen

Team Leader Advanced Bonding
Wood K Plus

In 2002 he started working for an international adhesive producer, since 2006 as research manager. In this function, he developed commercially implemented systems described in several patents.

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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. Byung-Dae Park

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

Session Topic: Coming Soon

Research Areas:

  • Formaldehyde-Based Wood Adhesives

  • Wood-Based Bio-Composites

  • Nanocellulose-Based Nanocomposites

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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

Session Topic: Preparation and Application of Water-resistant Soybean Protein-based Adhesives

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.

VOCs From Wood Products Symposium

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Dr. Venla Hemmilä

Session Organizer

Project Leader

IKEA Industry AB

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Dr. Shin-Ichiro Tohmura

Session Organizer

Associate Research Coordinator

Forestry and Forest Products Research Inst., Tsukuba, Japan

Session Topic: Coming Soon

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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

Session Topic: The impact of aldehydes and organic acids on indoor air quality