USFS Forest Products Laboratory

Robert Moon

Robert Moon

Materials Research Engineer

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering

Dr. Moon's research interests lie in the processing-structure-property relationships of cellulose nanoparticles and the resulting composites that are produced from such materials. Critical to this is developing the fundamental understanding as to the role of hierarchical structures on the various mechanisms that dictate the properties at the nano, meso and macro length scales. Research focus is then in the processing, structure characterization, property measurements, and mechanism determination (via multi scale modeling) for cellulose-based materials and composites.

Rick Reiner

Rick Reiner

Chemical Engineer, Forest Products Laboratory

Rick has 15 years experience scaling pulping and bleaching processes for forest products research from the laboratory to pilot scale. Over the past 5 years, Rick has developed and scaled methods for producing cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) from wood-based cellulose sources. His work has also focused on investigating the effect of reaction and refining parameters on product properties; pretreatment of fiber sources; modifying surface chemistry; and developing analytical techniques for quality control.

Alan Rudie

Alan Rudie

Supervisory Research Chemist

Alan has over 25 years experience in wood pulping and bleaching. Current research projects are acid hydrolysis kinetics of cellulose and scale-up of cellulose nano-crystals and nano-fibrillated cellulose using the TEMPO pretreatment technique. Current scale is ~1 kg per batch, with equipment purchase and engineering under way to increase to ~30 kg per batch.

Gregory Schueneman

Gregory Schueneman

Supervisory Research Materials Engineer

Greg joined the Forest Product Lab in November of 2009 as project leader of RWU 4707 Performance Enhanced Biopolymers. This unit focuses on research and development of advanced structures, composites, and nanotechechnology. Prior to joining FPL he had 10 years of industrial experience working with Loctite, Henkel, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Mapei. During this time he gained experience with the materials science and development of nanocomposites, structural adhesives, sealants, semiconductor packaging materials and processes, and emulsion based adhesives. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida and a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His primary research goals are directed at overcoming the fundamental challenges toward control and tailoring of lignocellulosic nanomaterials and the performance and durability of the composites derived from them. The long term goal of this research is to move lignocellulosic composites up the food chain of more demanding applications. Additional research interests are the durability and performance of materials used in conjunction with lignocellulosic materials. Greg seeks to interact with a broad and diverse group of industrial, government and academic colleagues for collaborative research, education, and dissemination of ideas and findings.