PETER LAKS
Professor
School of Forestry and Wood Products
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

Phone: 487-2364
Email:plaks@mtu.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Durability of wood-based composite building materials
    • the affect of manufacturing variables on decay, mold, and insect resistance
    • preservative systems for use in wood-based composites, particularly OSB and thermoplastic/wood fiber composite decking
    • test methods for evaluating the durability of composite materials and commodities
    • water repellents

  • Novel preservative systems for treatment of solid wood
    • borate-based wood preservatives
    • polymer nanoparticle carrier systems
    • adaption of agricultural biocides for wood preservation use

EDUCATION

  • B.Sc. in Bio/Organic Chemistry (1st Class Honors), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, 1976.
  • M.Sc. in Physical Organic Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, 1979.
  • Ph.D. in Wood Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1984.

CLASSES TAUGHT

  • FW1035 Wood Anatomy and Properties
  • FW2046 Wood Physics
  • FW4024 Wood Preservation and Drying
  • FW3098 Mill Tour and Seminar

SPECIAL AWARDS

  • 1998 MTU-Forest Products Society Professor of the Year
  • 1999 MTU-Forest Products Society Professor of the Year

Presentations

Publications and Patents

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