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Expert in Wood Science, Wood Technology, Wood Preservation, Wood Biodeterioration

Expert ID: 108161 Mississippi, USA

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WOOD PRESERVATION; WOOD PRESERVATIVES; WOOD IMPREGNATION. Expert has expertise in many aspects of wood preservation. He has experience in operating wood treating plants, and is thoroughly familiar with commercial preservatives. He is a pioneer in the development of new wood preservatives, and has carried out research in all aspects of wood preservation, including wood decay mechanisms, preservative test methodology, treatment mechanics, and termite control. Expert has impregnated biocides and other chemicals into wood to protect it against wood-destroying organisms, chemicals, and thermal degradation. He is also conversant in the chemicals or combinations thereof used to protect wood against deterioration from any one or a combination of decay, insects, marine borers, fire, weathering, absorption of water, and chemical action.

DIMENSIONAL STABILIZATION OF WOOD. Expert has extensive experience in the development of water repellents and chemical treatments for stabilizing wood. He has developed treatments that are being used commercially, and continues an active research in this area. His research has included the use of polymer treatments to modify the properties of wood. He has performed the process of impregnating chemicals into wood to reduce or retard the shrinking and swelling or wood when it is exposed to water in the liquid or vapor state.

WOOD DECAY. Expert has extensive knowledge about wood decay fungi and their effects on the properties of wood, including an understanding of the chemistry and biochemistry of wood decay. He has extensive experience in determining the cause of wood failure due to decay in utility poles and other wood structures.

WOOD FIRE RETARDANTS. Expert has considerable knowledge of fire retardant treatments for wood. He has been involved in commercial treatments, as well as the development of new formulations. In addition, he has consulted with a number of firms on the effects of some fire retardants on the strength properties of wood.

WOOD PHYSICS; WOOD STRUCTURE; WOOD ELECTRICAL PROPERTY. Expert is proficient in wood-moisture relations, wood-heat relations, and the electrical properties of wood. He is also adept in the gross and microscopic anatomical and structural characteristics of wood.

BIOCIDES; MARINE BORERS; TERMITES. Expert is familiar with the chemicals that control microorganisms and insects which degrade organic matter. He is also knowledgeable of marine borers (animals that attack wood in the marine environment) and termites.

WOOD CREOSOTE; CREOSOTE ENVIRONMENT EFFECT. Over the past 15 years, Expert has been involved with the environmental aspects of wood preservatives, particularly pentachlorophenal, creosote and the arsenicals. This work has included literature reviews and participation in a USDA/EPA review of these compounds. He has been involved in bioremediation studies of both pentachlorophenol and creosote contaminated sites.


Wood pole failure resulting in injuries to clients
Millwork failure due to inadequate preservative treatment
Failure of copper based wood preservatives used in decks, fences etc.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Jackson, Mississippi - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1966 Degree: PhD Subject: Wood Science and Technology Institution: North Carolina State University
Year: 1963 Degree: MS Subject: Forest Products Institution: Oregon State University
Year: 1959 Degree: BS Subject: Forest Products Institution: Oregon State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1981 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Wood Reservation Responsibilities: Research on wood biodegradation and preservation,composite wood products and durability of wood construction
Years: 1976 to 1981 Employer: MIT Title: Senior Wood Scientist Department: Forest Wood Products Responsibilities: Research on wood biodeterioration and preservation, composite wood products
Years: 1966 to 1976 Employer: Honolulu Wood Treating Company Title: Vice President, Research Department: Research Responsibilities: Supervised all plant operations and conducted research in treatment processes and new wood preservatives

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Awards / Recognition
AWPA Award of Merit, AWPA Colley Lecturer, Fellow, Intern. Academy of Wood Science, U.S. Army Commanders Award for Public Service, Sigma XI
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has over 100 publications, 7 patents, and 2 books on Wood Preservation.

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