Dr. Timothy G. Rials 

Professor, Director of the Tennessee Forest Products Center

Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries

University of Tennessee Agricultural Campus

2506 Jacob Drive

Knoxville, TN 37996-4750

Phone 865-946-1116

Fax 865-946-1109

Email trials@utk.edu


Professor and Director: B.Sc. in Forestry and Forest Biology from Mississippi State University in 1980; M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Wood Science and Technology (polymer chemistry emphasis) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1983 and 1986 respectively; Became an Assistant Professor in the Forest Products Laboratory at University of California in 1986; Joined the USDA-Forest Service, Southern Research Station as a Research Physical Scientist in 1988; Promoted to Project Leader/Research Scientist in 1996; Joined the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee, became the Director of Tennessee Forest Products Center in 2001. 


Research Interests include structure and properties of wood/polymer interfaces, raw material assessment and process monitoring using spectroscopy, and cure analysis of thermosetting polymers.


Selected Publications:

1.       Snell, R., L.H. Groom and T.G. Rials.  2001.  Characterizing the Surface Roughness of Thermomechanical Pulp Fibers with Atomic Force Microscopy.  Holzforschung, 55(5): 511-520.

2.       Rials, T.G. and M.P. Wolcott. 2001. Interfacial Contributions In Lignocellulosic Fiber Reinforced Polyurethane Composites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 80(4): 546-555.

3.       Harper, D., M.P. Wolcott and T.G. Rials. 2001. Evaluation of the Cure Kinetics of the Wood/pMDI Bondline. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 21(2): 137-144.

4.       Rials, T.G. and J. Simonsen.  2000.  Monitoring Interphase Development In Wood-Polymer Composites By Inverse Gas Chromatography, Composite Interfaces, 7(2): 81-92.

5.       Rials, T.G., and M.P. Wolcott. 1998.  Morphology and properties of wood fiber-based polyurethane composites. Journal of Materials Science Letters, 17(4): 317-319.

6.        Liu, F.-P., T.G. Rials, and J. Simonsen.  1998.  Relationship of Wood Surface Energy to Surface Composition.  Langmuir, 14(8): 536-541.