Zhiyong Cai

Project Leader

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Dr. Zhiyong Cai received his PhD degree from Purdue University. He is Project Leader of Engineered Composites Science, Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service. The laboratory is located in Madison, Wisconsin. Currently, he is leading a group of research scientists developing bio-based composites from nano-cellulose, lignin, wood and other non-wood fiber sources using thermoset, thermoplastic, inorganic, and other naturally-derived binders. He has over 200 publications and 100 presentations related to the bio-based material research and has over 20 proposals funded with a total of over $10M. He has chaired and co-chaired two international conferences. He is the fellow of International Academy of Wood Science.