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Richard Chair and Professor of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University
Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
Dr. Nairn’s research focuses on mechanical properties of engineering materials. He investigates why materials such as wood composites, fiberboards, or new nanomaterials fracture or fail. Other research interests include computer modeling of materials, the study of nanocomposites, the effect of residual stresses in composites, and developing more environmentally-friendly materials by combining cellulosic fibers or nanocrystals with a polymeric matrix. Before his arrival at OSU in 2006, Dr. Nairn was a professor at the University of Utah for more than 20 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and his doctorate in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Nairn also worked as a staff scientist for the Central Research & Development Department at E. I. duPont de Nemours & Co., Inc., in Wilmington, Delaware before moving to Utah in 1986. He has written over 120 papers and is the author of several scientific computer applications that are available for free download on his web site. His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Imperial College in London and a Student’s Choice Award for Teaching at the University of Utah.