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Dr. Barry Goodell wood decaybiofuelscarbon nanotubeswood composites
Bary Goodell

Professor, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
230 Cheatham Hall, 0323, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Project Director, The Wood Utilization Research (WUR) program at UMaine 2008-2010. WUR is a 13-state National program promoting basic and applied research on the use of wood as a renewable, advanced biomaterial. [Goodell also served as the Coordinator for the 13-State National Program.]

One of four Founding Faculty members of the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center (AEWC), the University of Maine.

Cooperating Professor, Biological and Chemical Engineering Department, the University of Maine

President (2010-2011), Forest Products Society.

Vice President (2008-2009),
Forest Products Society.

Please Download and Read our 2011 article published Science with authors from around the globe

Professor Barry Goodell has over 29 years of experience in the sustainable biomaterials and wood science and engineering fields, including work in bioconversion and bioenergy, structural biocomposites, and sustainable nanomaterials fields. He holds a Doctorate from Oregon State University was previously a Professor at the University of Maine in the USA. He also previously was the Head of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials Department which was restructured with that name under Dr. Goodell's leadership. He currently serves as a Professor in that department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Dr. Goodell has published over one hundred articles on wood and biomaterials degradation and protection, biochemical mechanisms related to free radical bioconversion processes, engineered wood composites as related to FRPs and PMCs and the development of novel products including advanced hybrid biocomposites. He also holds four patents and two provisional patents, with other patents pending.

Dr. Goodell's current research interests include:

Bioprocessing and Bioconversion of woody biomass and lignocellulose materials,

Production of Carbon Nanotubes, Mesoporous carbon and Nanofibers from Wood and Plant Materials, and

Biocomposites, Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs) and Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) Production.

Please check the links below to see more about these recent research activities.

Biofuels, Bioprocessing and


Bioconversion for Biofuels and other applications:  Algae, fungi and bacteria all can be used (and even combined in series) to produce different types of products and biofuels. Biochemical mechanisms involved in the biodegradation of lignocellulose materials have great value and provide the basis for research in a number of subfields.




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Nanotechnology - Producing

Carbon Nanotubes from Wood

This is a new, and expanding area of research based on a new discovery (prov. pat.) that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can be produced using wood/plant fiber as the initial carbon source. Our research group has been able to produce CNTs in relatively high yields, using low carbonization temperatures, with a unique oxidative process. Applications for CNTs, ranging from their use in structural composites to electrical conductors, are numerous.

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Biocomposites and Polymer

Matrix Composite Production

Hybrid Biocomposites-PMC Development using ComPRIS (the Composites Pressure Resin Impregnation System). The ComPRIS process has many advantages over conventional VARTM- or SCRIMP-based composites production methods in that thick composites and hybrid laminates are readily produced. The ComPRIS process is amenable to the production of composites with imbedded sensors and hardware.


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What is the curious background design on this page? -- It is a TEM image of soft rot fungi attacking wood fiber (the image has been colorized and embossed). It shows fungal hyphae producing typical Type I soft rot cavities in the S2 layer of the wood cell wall.

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