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Gregory Schueneman

Gregory Schueneman
Supervisory Research Materials Engineer
Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
United States
Phone
608-231-9412
Current Research
Elucidation of the fundamental challenges to precise control and tailoring of lignocellulosic materials such that new capabilities and research frontiers are established. The means applied toward this end are the science and technology of polymer materials science, adhesion, nanotechnology, surface science, plant biology, anatomy, and microbiology.The outreach goal is to interact with a broad and diverse group of industrial scientists and business people, academic scientists, national & international labs, and colleagues. The focus of this outreach is collaborative research, education, and dissemination of ideas and findings. Interested persons are warmly invited to contact me for discussions and collaboration.
Research Interest
  • High Performance composites from lignocellulosic materials
  • High performance coatings and surface modifications
  • Nanomaterials extracted from or deposited within lignocellulosic materials
  • Structural adhesives for or derived from lignocellulosic
  • Biorefining/processing lignocellulosic trash, invasive species, etc into high value polymers or nanomaterials
  • Collaboration with scientists involved in genetic modification of lignocellulosic species for high performance materials, chemicals, etc
Education
  • University of Massachusetts, Ph.D., Polymer Science & Engineering, 1999
  • University of Florida Materials, M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, 1994
  • University of Florida, B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, 1992
Professional Organizations
  • Member,  Adhesion Society, Structural Adhesives,  2000 - Current
    Elected Member at Large Program Committee Chairman 2013
Featured Publications
Patents
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Simple, and Effective Biobased Water Purification Adsorbents for Arsenic and Industrial Dye Capture

Year: 2020
A versatile contaminant absorbent was produced using strong affinity between nanomaterials extracted from wood and waste crab shells. The result is a promising new material for water purification, offering simple, effective, and green alternatives to synthetic adsorbents.

Rapid Production of High Strength and Translucent Cellulose Nanofibril Sheets

Year: 2020
Conventional polymer processing equipment and food grade processing aids were used to continuously extrude high strength sheets of cellulose nanofibrils.

Outdoor Strain Cycling Robot Reveals Key Durability Factors for Building Sealants

Year: 2018
Outdoor durability testing of building sealants by autonomous robot demonstrates advantages of summer over winter installation and the dominant role cyclic strain plays in property degradation.

Lignin coated cellulose nanocrystals Increase Shipment Temperature Strength and Allow Blown Film Production

Year: 2017
Wood based nanomaterials enable higher use temperatures, greater strength, and faster productions cycles of renewable plastic.

Site-Selective Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanocrystals

Year: 2016
Forest Service researchers The hydrophilic surfaces of cellulose nanocrystals are synthetically converted to highly reactive functional groups.

Discovery of Cellulose Nanocrystals as Pot-life Stabilizers for Epoxy Coatings

Year: 2015
Waterborne epoxy coatings are high-value, sought-after environmentally friendly products in the coating industry mostly due to their ease of use, performance and low maintenance. Waterborne epoxy coatings are part of a $56 to 64 billion industry. Addition of cellulose nanocrystals to such coatings ...

High-performance Cellulose Nanocrystal Polyolefin Composites are an Attractive Filler for Polymer Composites

Year: 2015
Nanocellulose-polypropylene and nanocellulose-polyethylene composites exhibited the greatest improvement ever reported for such composites made with unmodified cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). Therefore, addition of biorenewable CNCs to the over 50 million tons these polymers used annually could open ...
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