(02/06/20) Baton Rouge, La. — Qinglin Wu, a researcher in the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources, has been named to the Gordon D. Cain Endowed Chair of Agriculture.
The chair was created in 1988 to be dedicated to a discipline related to agriculture in memory of G.D. Cain on behalf of his children and in memory of Ola and Ruth Cain on behalf of their children.
Wu, who holds the Roy O. Martin Sr. Endowed Professorship in Composites/Engineered Wood Products in the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, joined the AgCenter in 1996.
His research emphases include wood and natural fiber polymer composites, biomaterials from natural polymers, composite durability and engineering performance, and nano-composite materials.
Wu has received three U.S. patents with five others in application. One patented product, TigerBullets, is manufactured in Louisiana and has sold more than 30 million pounds worldwide to major oil companies.
He also has established a Sustainable Material and Engineering Laboratory and a Wood Durability Laboratory, which have been successful in competing for federal, state, university and industry research dollars.
During his career in the AgCenter, Wu has successfully competed for federal, state, university and industry grants totaling more than $7 million and submitted more than 200 publications in top journals.
“Qinglin is one of the most productive researchers I’ve ever known,” said Allen Rutherford, head of the School of Renewable Natural Resources.
“He has a lot of innovative ideas,” Rutherford said. “And he has worked with a wide range of graduate students and visiting scientists from around the world.”
Wu holds a doctorate in forest products from Oregon State University; a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia; and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural from Henan Agricultural University, China.
Qinglin Wu, who has been named to the Gordon D. Cain Endowed Chair of Agriculture in the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources, stands in his lab next to an extrusion machine that makes composites using plastics with wood and other natural fibers. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter
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