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Associate Professor of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University
Microtechnology-Based Energy and Chemical Systems, Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
Kaichang Li’s research focuses on bio-mimicry in a nanometer/molecular scale and on biobased nanocomposites. Dr. Li has been very successful in development of environmentally friendly adhesives and superior coupling agents for natural fiber-reinforced composite materials. One of his bio-inspired adhesives has been commercially used to replace urea-formaldehyde resins for production of wood-based composites. The successful commercial application of the adhesive greatly improve our working and living environment, help the US wood composite industry to gain competitive advantages over foreign competitors, and financially help the US soybean farmers because a huge amount of soybean flour is used to make the adhesive.