PSU Presents Forest Products Research Expert April 12

April 10th, 2007 by Adam

New Hampshire’s economy, especially in rural areas, faces challenges and unyielding competition, both domestically and internationally. How does the state utilize it’s formidable natural resources with future technologies and consumer needs? Chris Risbrudt of the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Research Laboratory in Madison, Wis., is conducting ground breaking research on some exciting areas that can impact the Granite State economy. Risbrudt will speak April 12 at Plymouth State University’s Heritage Commons, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Topics included in Chris Risbrudt’s research discussion:

-Wood-plastic composites

-New consumer products, such as a shingle made from wood-fiber composites that help to keep roofs cooler

-Liquid biomass fuels such as cellulosic ethanol (ethanol from wood) and wood-based biodiesel

-Nano-technology from wood fiber, such as an alternative to carbon nano-tubes (used to make super-strong & lightweight metal composites in aircraft and high-end bicycles. Wood fiber nanotubes can be made much cheaper than carbon fiber.

Products developed at the Forest Products laboratory are available for commercial application in New Hampshire. Entrepreneurs, businesses and investors are encouraged to come and learn about available products and technologies.

Risbrudt’s talk is free and open to the public. Parking for attendees will be in Lot 63 (Facilities)with shuttle bus service to Heritage Commons.

This event is part of a series co-sponsored by the e4 Coalition. The next event in the series will be a discussion of regional wood supply data on May 1. The series culminates with a conference at PSU on June 1-2 entitled, Exploring Your Woodland Opportunities. For more information and to register for the June 1-2 Conference, please visit http://e4coalition.com.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr.,(603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu