Technical Interests

  • Mechanics of wood and wood composites; modeling of engineered wood composites; structure and behavior of wood joints; industrial extension/outreach in forest products

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Education

  • Ph.D., Materials Engineering Science, 1989 – Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • M.S., Forestry, 1985 – University of Maine at Orono
  • B.S., Wood Science, 1982 – University of Maine at Orono

Professional Experience

  • 2017 – present, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Clean Technology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2012 – present, Regents Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2008 – present, Director, Institute for Sustainable Design, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2004 – 2012,  Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 1996 – 2004,  Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 1989 – 1996,  Assistant Professor of Wood Science, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • 1985 – 1989,  Graduate Project, Research, and Teaching Assistant, VPI&SU, Blacksburg, VA

Awards

  • President, Society of Wood Science and Technology, 2014-15, Madison, WI
  • Fellow, International Academy of Wood Science, 2012, meritorious recognition of wood scientists in evidence of high scientific standards
  • Leon Luck Most Effective Professor, 2009, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Career Achievement Award, 2009, College of Natural Resources (Alumnus), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty, 2007, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Award, 2005, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Outstanding Research Faculty, 2004, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Outstanding Research Faculty, 2004 and 2005, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Distinguished Alumnus, University of Maine, 2002
  • Louisiana-Pacific Professorship of Wood Materials and Engineering, Endowed professorship for research in wood materials and engineering.  Washington State University, 1998 to present

Publications

  • Martinkus, N. and Wolcott, M. (2017). A framework for quantitatively assessing the repurpose potential of existing industrial facilities as a biorefinery. Biofuels, Bioproducts, & Biorefining 11(2):295-306. doi:10.1002/bbb.1742
  • Martinkus, N.,  Latta, G., Morgan, T. & Wolcott, M.  (2017).  A comparison of methodologies for estimating delivered forest residue volume and cost to a wood-based biorefinery. Biomass and Bioenergy, 106: 83-94. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.08.023
  • Martinkus, N., S.A.M. Rijkhoff, S.A. Hoard, W.P. Shi, P. Smith, M. Gaffney and M. Wolcott. 2017. Biorefinery site selection using a stepwise biogeophysical and social analysis approach. Biomass and Bioenergy. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.12.022. 97:139-148.
  • Alvarez-Vasco, C., R. Ma, M. Quintero, M. Guo, S. Geleynse, K.K. Ramasamy, M. Wolcott, and X. Zhang. 2016. Unique low-molecular-weight lignin with high purity extracted from wood by deep eutectic solvents (DES): A source of lignin for valorization. Green Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/C6GC01007E. 18:5133-5141.
  • Jiang, J., J. Wang, X. Zhang, and M.P. Wolcott. 2016. Evaluation of physical structural features on influencing enzymatic hydrolysis efficiency of micronized wood. RSC Advances. DOI: 10.1039/C6RA22371K. 6(105):103026-103034.
  • Liu, Y., J. Wang, and M.P. Wolcott. 2016. Multistep process to produce fermentable sugars and lignosulfonates from softwood enzymolysis residues. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b02328.
  • Liu, Y., J. Wang, and M.P. Wolcott. 2016. Modeling the production of sugar and byproducts from acid bisulfite pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of Douglas-fir. Bioresource Technology. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.10.071.
  • Ma, R., M. Guo, K.T. Lin, V.R. Hebert, J. Zhang, M.P. Wolcott, M. Quintero, K.K Ramasamy, X. Chen, and X. Zhang. 2016. Peracetic acid depolymerization of biorefinery lignin for production of selective monomeric phenolic compounds. Chemistry-A European Journal. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201600546. 22(31):10884-10891.
  • Guo, X., J. Xin, M.P. Wolcott and J. Zhang. 2016. Mechanochemical oleation of lignin through ball milling and properties of its blends with PLA. Chemistry Select. DOI: 10.1002/slct.201600633. 1(13):3449-3454.
  • Liu, Y., J. Wang, and M.P. Wolcott. 2016. Assessing the specific energy consumption and physical properties of comminuted Douglas-fir chips for bioconversion. Industrial Crops and Products. DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2016.08.054. 94:394-400.
  • Chen, M., P.M. Smith, and M.P. Wolcott. 2016. U.S. biofuels industry: A critical review of opportunities and challenges. BioProducts Business. 1(4):42-59.
  • Xin, J., M. Li, R. Li, M.P. Wolcott, and J. Zhang.  2016.  Green epoxy resin system based on lignin and tung oil and its application in epoxy asphalt.  ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.  DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b00256.  4(5):2754-2761.
  • Ou, R., Y. Xie, Q. Wang, S. Sui, and M.P. Wolcott. 2015. Material pocket dynamic mechanical analysis: A novel tool to study thermal transition in wood fibers plasticized by an ionic liquid (IL). Holzforschung – International Journal of the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Technology of Wood. DOI: 10.1515/hf-2014-0080. 69(2):223-232.
  • Qi, C., V. Yadama, K. Guo, and M.P. Wolcott. 2015. Preparation and properties of oriented sorghum-thermoplastic composites using flat hot-pressing technology. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites. DOI: 10.1177/0731684415591066.
  • Chen, F. and M.P. Wolcott. 2015. Polyethylene/paraffin binary composites for phase change material energy storage in building: A morphology, thermal properties, and paraffin leakage study. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2015.01.010. 137:79-85.
  • Chen, F. and M.P. Wolcott. 2014. Miscibility studies of paraffin/polyethylene blends as form-stable phase change materials. European Polymer Journal. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2013.09.027. 52:44-52.
  • Ou, R., Q. Wang, M.P. Wolcott, S. Sui, and Y. Xie. 2014. Rheological behavior and mechanical properties of wood flour/high density polyethylene blends: Effects of esterification of wood with citric acid. Polymer Composites. DOI: 10.1002/pc.23212
  • Ou, R., Q. Wang, M.P. Wolcott, S. Sui, Y. Xie and Y. Song. 2014. Effects of chemical modification of wood flour on the rheological properties of high-density polyethylene blends. Journal Applied Polymer Science,131, 41200, DOI: 10.1002/app.41200. 131(23):
  • Ou, R., Y. Xie, Q. Wang, S. Sui and M.P. Wolcott. 2014. Effects of ionic liquid on the rheological properties of wood flour/high density polyethylene composites. Composites: Part A. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2014.02.017. 61:134-140.
  • Ou, R., Y. Xie, M.P. Wolcott, S. Sui, and Q. Wang. 2014. Morphology, mechanical properties, and dimensional stability of wood particle/high density polyethylene composites: Effect of removal of wood cell wall composition. Materials & Design. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2014.02.018. 58:339-345.
  • Ou, R., Y. Xie, M.P. Wolcott, F. Yuan, and Q. Wang. 2014. Effect of wood cell wall composition on the rheological properties of wood particle/high density polyethylene composites. Composites Science and Technology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2014.01.001. 93:68-75.
  • Ou, R., Y. Xie, Q. Wang, S. Sui, and M.P. Wolcott. 2014. Thermal, crystallization, and dynamic rheological behavior of wood particle/HDPE composites: Effect of removal of wood cell wall composition. Journal Applied Polymer Science. DOI: 10.1002/app.40331. 131(11).
  • Zhang, J., A. Laguna, C. Clemons, M.P. Wolcott, R. Gleisner, J.Y. Zhu, and X. Zhang. 2014. Effect of hot-pressing temperature on the subsequent enzymatic saccharification and fermentation performance of SPORL pretreated forest biomass. BioEnergy Research. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-014-9530-9. 8(1):464-470.
  • Ou, R., Y. Xie, Q. Wang, S. Sui, and M.P. Wolcott. 2014. Thermoplastic deformation of poplar wood plasticized by ionic liquids measured by a nonisothermal compression technique. Holzforschung – International Journal of the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Technology of Wood. DOI: 10.1515/hf-2013-0136.  68(5):555-566.
  • Ten, E., L. Jiang, and M.P Wolcott. 2013. Preparation and properties of aligned poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)/cellulose nanowhiskers composites. Carbohydrate Polymers. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2012.09.033. 92(1):206-213.
  • Martinkus, N., W. Shi, N. Lovrich, J. Pierce, P. Smith, and M. Wolcott. 2014. Integrating Biogeophysical and Social Assets Into Biomass-to-Biofuels Supply Chain Siting Decisions. Biomass & Bioenergy 66:410-418.
  • Wolcott, M.P., S. Brown, M. King, D. Ascher-Barnstone, T. Beyreuther and K. Olsen. 2011. A model for faculty, student, and practitioner development in sustainability engineering through an integrated design experience.  ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000058.  137(2):94-101.
  • Alam, M.A., L. Haselbach, G. DeRooy, C. Poor and M. Wolcott. 2014. Green Rating Integration Platform – A Decision Making Tool for Multi-Modal Construction Facilities: Sustainable Water & Material Practices. J. of Green Building, 9(4), 161-174.
  • Qi, C., V. Yadama, K. Guo, and M.P. Wolcott. 2015. Thermal stability and degradation simulation of sweet sorghum during hot pressing process of composites. Industrial Crops and Products, 69:335-343.
  • Yadama, V. and M.P. Wolcott. 2015. Application of fiber undulation model to predict oriented strand composite elastic properties. Journal of Renewable Materials. DOI: 10.7569/JRM.2015.634103. 3(3):216-223.
  • Xin, J., P. Zhang, M.P. Wolcott, X. Zhang, and J. Zhang. 2014. Partial depolymerization of enzymolysis lignin via mild hydrogenolysis over Raney Nickel. Bioresource Technology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2013.12.092. 155:422-426
  • Yang, H.S., P. Qiao, and M.P Wolcott.  2010.  Fatigue characterization and reliability analysis of wood flour filled polypropylene composites.  Polymer Composites.  31(4):553-560.
  • Yang, H.S., P. Qiao, and M.P Wolcott.  2010.  Flexural fatigue and reliability analysis of wood flour/high-density polyethylene composites.  Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites.  29(9):1295-1310.
  • Wang, J.W., M.P.G. Laborie, and M.P. Wolcott. 2011.  Correlation of mechanical and chemical cure development for phenol-formaldehyde resin bonded wood joints.  Thermochimica Acta.  513(1-2):20-25.
  • Ten, E., J. Turtle, D. Bahr, L. Jiang, and M. Wolcott.  2010.  Thermal and mechanical properties of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)/cellulose nanowhiskers composites.  Polymer.  51(12):2652-2660.
  • Ten, E., D.F. Bahr, B. Li, L. Jiang, and M.P. Wolcott.  2012.  Effects of cellulose nanowhiskers on mechanical, dielectric, and rheological properties of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)/cellulose nanowhiskers composites.  Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 51(7):2941-2951.
  • Ten, E., L. Jiang, and M.P. Wolcott.  2012.  Crystallization kinetics of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)/cellulose nanowhiskers composites.  Carbohydrate Polymers.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2012.05.076.  90(1):541-550.
  • Qin, J., H. Liu, P. Zhang, M.P. Wolcott and J. Zhang.  2014.  Use of eugenol and rosin as feedstocks for biobased epoxy resins and study of curing and performance properties.  Polymer International. DOI: 10.1002/pi.4588. 63(4):760–765.
  • Qin, J., M. Wolcott and J. Zhang.  2014.  Use of polycarboxylic acid derived from partially depolymerized lignin as a curing agent for epoxy application.  ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. DOI: 10.1021/sc400227v. 2(2):188–193.
  • Migneault, S., A. Koubaa, F. Erchiqui, A. Chaala, K. Englund, C. Krause, and M. Wolcott. 2008.  Effect of Fiber Length on Processing and Properties of Extruded Wood-Fiber/ HDPE Composites.  Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 110(2):1085-1092.
  • Anderson, S., J. Zhang and M.P. Wolcott.  2013.  Effect of interfacial modifiers on mechanical and physical properties of the PHB composite with high wood flour content.  Journal of Polymers and the Environment.  21(3)631-639.
  • Thompson, M., L. Haselbach, C. Poor, and M. Wolcott. 2013. Integrating green rating systems: A case study for ferry terminals. Journal of Green Building.  8(1):136-150.
  • Schildmeyer, A.J., M.P. Wolcott and D.A. Bender. 2009. Investigation of the temperature-dependent mechanical behavior of a polypropylene-pine composite. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (21)9:460-466.
  • Yemele, M.C.N., A. Koubaa, A. Cloutier, P. Soulounganga and M. Wolcott.  2010.  Effect of bark fibre content and size on the mechanical properties of bark/HDPE composites. Composites Part A. Applied Science and Manufacturing.  41(1):131-137.
  • Qi, C., V. Yadama, K. Guo, and M.P. Wolcott.  2013.  Thermal conductivity of sorghum and sorghum-thermoplastic composite panels.  Industrial Crops and Products.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2013.01.011,  45:455-460.
  • Migneault, S., A. Koubaa, F. Erchiqui, A. Chaala, K.R. Englund, C. Krause, and M.P.Wolcott.  2011.  Application of micromechanical models to tensile properties of wood–plastic composites.  Wood Sci. and Tech. DOI 10.1007/s00226-010-0351-5, 45(3):521-532.
  • Jiang, L., F. Chen, J. Qian, J.J. Huang, M. Wolcott, L.S. Liu and J. Zhang. 2010. Reinforcing and toughening effects of bamboo pulp fiber on Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) fiber composites. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.  49(2):572-577.
  • Gacitua, W., D. Bahr and M. Wolcott.  2010.  Damage of the cell wall during extrusion and injection molding of wood plastic composites.  Composites Part A. Applied Science and Manufacturing.  41(10):1454-1460.