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Internship, UMR ECOFOG (French Guiana): MASTER 2

Title: Development of natural protection methods, based on extracts of Guyanese species, to improve the durability and fire behavior of fibers used for the manufacture of fiberboards

This internship is part of a broader research project, the project PANTHER2Guyane (PANneaux THErmiques issus de la valorisation des Ressources bois Résiduelles en Guyane), funded by the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche). The aim of this project is to study the potential of a production chain for bio-insulators adapted to the extreme hygrothermal conditions of French Guiana, based on the use of local residual wood resources (industrial by-products, land clearing residues, etc.). Technically, the project is based on the hypothesis that the exceptional natural properties of tropical wood fibers can be used to develop high-performance products for sustainable building in tropical areas. By adapting a technique based on fiber felting, the research is directed towards the design and production of semi-rigid non-woven insulating panels, thick and light, with good thermal and mechanical properties, as well as good reaction to fire and biological attacks.

Candidate profile: Master student in 2nd year, with skills in wood science and/or natural substance chemistry, or process chemistry engineer. Knowledge of durability properties and fire behavior of wood would be a plus.
Duration: 6 months from February-March 2023.
Internship locations:
French Guiana (6 months): UMR EcoFoG, Wood Science Lab (Kourou) / Amazonian Natural Substances Lab (Cayenne). Housing option available on the agronomic campus of Kourou.
Remuneration: According to current standards
Possibility of evolution following the internship: potentially (funding requests in progress), a thesis on the diversity of biocidal activities of Guyanese wood extracts could be proposed to the student, following the internship.

To apply:
Send your CV and cover letter to the following email address: Applications are opened until the 15th of December 2022.

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Graduate Research Assistantship positions (2 of)
Biomaterials Deterioration and Protection

Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho

Successful candidates will be involved in a USDA funded project that aims to improve durability and fire resistance of wood products.

This is a highly interdisciplinary research project and successful candidates at the PhD level are expected to hold a Bachelor and Master’s degree related to the proposed topics of the study, preferably in wood science/products, agricultural/biological engineering, chemical engineering, materials science & engineering, chemistry, or closely related disciplines.

The target starting date is in the Spring Semester 2023 (from January 2023). For more information click here.



IUFRO All-Division 5 Forest Products Meeting 2023
Cairns, Australia
4-8 June 4-8, 2023

Roger Meder (LOC Chair)
Andrew Wong (Conference Chair)
Pekka Saranpää (IUFRO Div 5 Coordinator)

This meeting is scheduled immediately after the IRG54 meeting also being held in Cairns, Australia on May 28 - June 1, 2023.

The IUFRO Division 5 Scientific Committee has accepted both session proposals relating to wood products protection for the 2023 IUFRO meeting in Cairns.

These two Special Sessions relating to Wood Protection are:

Durable hardwood plantations: understanding an emerging resource

Global Timber Durability Research

Abstract submission opens on March 1, 2022.