Oregon State University and Virginia Tech have been chosen by the National Science Foundation to lead a new industry/university cooperative research centre focused on wood based composite materials, in a US$2.2m, five-year research initiative.

The new centre will facilitate the work of six faculty members and three graduate students per year at OSU, with similar initiatives at Virginia Tech, and collaborative work with eight private companies.

“OSU and Virginia Tech are both international leaders in wood science and technology and this major new initiative will build on those strengths,said Fred Kamke, professor of wood science and engineering in the OSU College of Forestry.

“Composite products allow for more efficient, sophisticated and competitive uses of wood, and they’re the future of the wood products industry.”