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Matt Aro is a Research Program Manager for the Materials and Bioeconomy Research Group at the Natural Resources Research Institute.  His chief areas of interest are providing product, process, and business concept research and development services to OEMs, entrepreneurs, organizations, and agencies associated with the wood products and natural resources sectors.  He also focuses on advancing thermally modified wood processing technologies, solid and engineered wood products, and life-cycle assessment of natural resource-based products.

Research Interests

  • Thermal modification of solid and engineered wood products
  • Wood composites
  • Wood materials manufacturing
  • Beneficial use of industrial waste materials
  • Life-cycle assessment of natural resource-based products

Education/Academic qualification

MS, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Award Date: May 31 2018

MS, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Award Date: May 31 2009


Award Date: May 31 2001

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Research Output

Particle size analysis of airborne wood dust produced from sawing thermally modified wood

Aro, M., Monson Geerts, S. D., French, S. & Cai, M., Mar 4 2019, In : European Journal of Wood and Wood Products. 77, 2, p. 211-218 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Scopus citations

    Decay of thermally modified engineered wood products

    Barnes, H. M., Aro, M. D. & Rowlen, A., Jan 1 2018, In : Forest Products Journal. 68, 2, p. 99-104 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Professional consumer perceptions about thermally modified wood

    Gamache, S. L., Espinoza, O. & Aro, M., Nov 1 2017, In : BioResources. 12, 4, p. 9487-9501 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Scopus citations

    Tensile strength of thermally modified laminated strand lumber and laminated veneer lumber

    Aro, M. D., Wang, X., McDonald, D. E. & Begel, M., Aug 8 2017, In : Wood Material Science and Engineering. 12, 4, p. 228-235 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Mechanical and physical properties of thermally modified plywood and oriented strand board panels

    Aro, M., Brashaw, B. K. & Donahue, P. K., Jan 1 2014, In : Forest Products Journal. 64, 7-8, p. 281-289 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 15 Scopus citations