Via, Brian

Brian Via, Associate Professor

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Forest Products Laboratory | Forest Products Development Center

Dr. Brian Via is an Associate Professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and Biosystems Engineering and serves as the Director of the Forest Products Development Center. Dr. Via is interested in new product development, nano-composites, the effects of wood quality on wood composite performance, and bio-composites.

Dr. Via earned his B.S. in Forest Products and his M.S. in Wood Engineering/Mechanics at Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in Forest Material Chemometrics at Louisiana State University within the Agricultural and Mechanical College. Via has 7 years industrial R&D experience at both International Paper and Louisiana Pacific. At International Paper he was a Wood Quality Project Leader where he characterized the morphology and chemistry of loblolly pine for genetic and silvicultural based studies and he worked with pulp and paper manufacturers to determine the effect of different genetic families and silvicultural treatments on product performance. At Louisiana Pacific he was a Research Engineer where worked to design new products, lower recipe costs and/or improved the performance of composites and adhesives, performed experimental designs at the manufacturing plants, and assisted the plants with statistical quality control issues.

At Louisiana Pacific, Dr. Via was an active advisory board member for the Wood Based Composites Center which consists of 4 North American Universities, several adhesive and wood composite manufacturers. The organizing universities were Virginia Tech, Oregon State, University of British Columbia, and University of Maine. He also served on a Ph.D. committee at the University of Tennessee and provided external guidance to a Master’s thesis at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Dr. Via’s teaching focus includes general areas such as Forest Products, Biobased Composites, and Chemometrics. His research focus looks to combine his primary skills from Industry and Academia in biomass characterization and wood quality, composites and adhesives, and development of new products from either bioenergy and/or biobased processes. When working to develop new products from a bioenergy based process, he relies on the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts to act as partners and to provide additional expertise and collaboration. He also collaborates with Biosystems, Chemical, and Polymer and Fiber Engineering.

As Director of the Forest Products Development Center, Dr. Via has a vision of combining grants monies, industry, other Centers, Departments, and Universities to develop a multidisciplinary approach to solve critical natural resource issues. The Center works to assist industry by finding ways to improve / provide future employees to the industry coupled with research to support critical issues.

AuthorsYearTitlePublishing InfoLink
*Acquah, G.E., Via, B.K., Fasina, O. and Eckhardt, L.G. 2015Nondestructive estimation of forest biomass properties for bioenergy, fuels and chemical applications using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). J. Near Infr. Spec. Published online first: doi: 10.1255/jnirs.1153.
Atta-Obeng, E., B. K. Via, O. Fasina, M. Auad, and W. Jiang. 2013Cellulose Reinforcement of Phenol Formaldehyde: Characterization and Chemo metric Elucidation.International Journal of Composite Materials. 3(3): 39-47.
Atta-Obeng, E., Via, B.K., Fasina, O.O.2011Effect of microcrystalline cellulose, species, and particle size on mechanical and physical properties of particleboard. Wood and Fiber Science (Published Online).
Atta-Obeng, E., Via, B.K., Fasina, O.O.2012Effect of microcrystalline cellulose, species, and particle size on mechanical and physical properties of particleboard. Wood and Fiber Science. 44(2):227-235.
bkv0003, B. K.2010Prediction of oriented strand board wood strand density by near infrared and Fourier transform infrared reflectance spectroscopy.Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy. 18(6): 491- 498.
Celikbag, Y., & Via, B. 2015Characterization of residue and bio-oil produced by liquefaction of loblolly pine at different reaction times.Forest Products Journal. Published Online. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13073/FPJ-D-14-00110.
Celikbag, Y., B.K. Via, S. Adhikari, and Y. Wu. 2014Effect of liquefaction temperature on hydroxyl groups of bio-oil from loblolly pine (Pinus taeda).Bioresource Technology 169 (10):808-811.
Celikbag, Y., Robinson, T. J., Via, B. K., Adhikari, S., & Auad, M. L. 2015Pyrolysis oil substituted epoxy resin: Improved ratio optimization and crosslinking efficiency.Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132(28), 42239.
Cheng, Q., & Via, B. 2015Characterization of cellulose fibril aggregates isolated by the combination of ultrasonication and homogenizer.Wood Material Science & Engineering, 1-6. Published Online. DOI:10.1080/17480272.2015.1124919.
Cheng, Q., B. Via, J. Wang, and J. Zondlo. 2014Primary Study of Woody Biomass and Coal for Energy Production Investigated by TGA-FTIR Analysis.BioResources 9(2):2899-2906.
Dhiman, J., Shrestha, A., Fasina, O., Adhikari, S., Via, B., & Gallagher, T. 2015Physical, Ignition, and Volatilization Properties of Biomass Feedstock Dusts. Transactions of the ASABE, 58(6), 1425-1437.
Jiang, W., B. K. Via, G. Han, Q. Wang, and S. Liu. 2013Near Infrared monitoring of untreated and chemically delignified wood.Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy. 21: 485-493.
Jiang, W., G. Han, B.K. Via, M. Tu, W. Liu, and O. Fasina. 2014Rapid assessment of coniferous biomass lignin–carbohydrates with near-infrared spectroscopy.Wood Science and Technology 48(1):109-122.
Jiang, W., G. Han, C. Zhou, Y. Zhang. B.K. Via. 2014Thermal Degradation Kinetics of Polysaccharides in Fibrous Materials during Hot Water Treatment: A Preliminary Study.Bioresources 9(3):4205-4211.
Kohan, N., B.K. Via, and S. Taylor.2012A comparison of geometry effect on tensile testing of wood strands.Forest Products Journal. 62(3):167-170.
Kohan, N., Via, B.K., and Taylor, S.2012Prediction of strand feedstock mechanical properties with near infrared spectroscopy.Bioresources 7(3):2996-3007.
Lee, B.G., S. Lee, and B. K. bkv0003.2010Influence of surface morphology of the kraft pulp fibers on the growth of the transcrystalline layer of polypropylene.Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 116(4): 1958-1966.
Littlefield, B., Fasina, O.O., Shaw, J., Adhikari, S.and Via, B.K.2011Physical and flow properties of pecan shells — Particle size and moisture effects.Powder Technology. 212:173-180.
Liu, Y., Gao, J., Guo, H., Pan, Y., Zhou, C., Cheng, Q., & Via, B. K. 2015Interfacial Properties of Loblolly Pine Bonded with Epoxy/Wood Pyrolysis Bio-oil Blended System.BioResources, 10(1), 638-646.
Liu, Y., Guo, H., Gao, J., Zhang, F., Shao, L., & Via, B. K. 2015Effect of Bleach Pretreatment on Surface Discoloration of Dyed Wood Veneer Exposed to Artificial LightIrradiation. BioResources, 10(3), 5607-5619.
Liu, Y., Hu, J., Gao, J., Guo, H., Chen, Y., Cheng, Q., & Via, B. K. 2015Wood Veneer Dyeing Enhancement by Ultrasonic-assisted Treatment.BioResources, 10(1), 1198-1212.
Liu, Y., Shao, L., Gao, J., Guo, H., Chen, Y., Cheng, Q., & Via, B. K.2015Surface Photo-discoloration and Degradation of Dyed Wood Veneer Exposed to Different Wavelengths of Artificial Light.Applied Surface Science, 331, 353-361.
Neimsuwan T, S. Wang, and B.K. Via.2008Effect of processing parameters, resin, and wax loading on water vapor sorption of wood strands.Wood and Fiber Science. 40(4): 495-504
Pan, Y., S. Sun, Q. Cheng, Y. Celikbag, B.K. Via, X. Wang and R. Sun. 2014Melt dispersion technique for preparing paraffin wax microspheres for cellulose encapsulation.Wood and Fiber Science 46(4):1-6.
Ravindran, H., Thangalazhy-Gopakumar, S., Adhikari, S., Fasina, O., Tu, M., Via, B., Carter, E. & Taylor, S. 2015Production of Bio-oil from Underutilized Forest Biomass Using an Auger Reactor.Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, 37(7), 750-757.
Robinson, T.J., B.K. Via, O.O. Fasina, S. Adhikari, and E.A. Carter.2011Impregnation of Bio-oil from small diameter pine into wood for moisture resistance.BioResources. 6(4):4747-4761.
Taylor, A, and B.K. Via.2009Potential of visible and near infrared spectroscopy to quantify phenol formaldehyde resin concentration in Oriented Strandboard.Holz als roh und Werkstoff. 67(1): 3-5.
Via, B. K., C. L. So, L. G. Eckhardt, T. F. Shupe, L. H. Groom, and M. Stine.2008Response of diffuse reflectance spectra to blue stain and wood age.Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy. 16(1): 71-74.
Via, B.K. 2013Characterization and evaluation of wood strand composite load capacity with near infrared spectroscopy.Materials and Structures 46(11):1801-1810.
Via, B.K. and W. Jiang. 2013Nonlinear multivariate modeling of strand mechanical properties with near infrared spectroscopy.The Forestry Chronicle 89(5):621-630.
Via, B.K., C. L. So, T. F. Shupe, L. G. Eckhardt, M. Stine, and L. Groom.2005Prediction of wood mechanical and chemical properties in the presence and absence of blue stain using two infrared instruments.J. Near Infr. Spec. 13: 201-212.
Via, B.K., C. Zhou, G. Acquah, W. Jiang, and L.G. Eckhardt. 2014Near infrared spectroscopy calibration for wood chemistry: which chemometric technique is best for prediction and interpretation?Sensors. 14:13532-13547.
Via, B.K., C.L. So, T.F. Shupe, L.H. Groom, and J. Wikaira.2009Mechanical response of longleaf pine to variation in microfibril angle, chemistry associated wavelengths, density, and radial position. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 40(1):60-66.
Via, B.K., C.L. So, T.F. Shupe, L.H. Groom, and J. Wikaira.2009Mechanical response of longleaf pine to variation in microfibril angle, chemistry associated wavelengths, density, and radial position. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing.
Via, B.K., L.G. Eckhardt, C.L. So, T.F. Shupe, M. Stine, L. Groom, and J.H. Roberds 2006The sensitivity of near infrared spectroscopy to two blue staining fungiWood Fiber Sci 38:717-726
Via, B.K., O.O. Fasina, and P. Hui.2011Assessment of biomass density through mid-infrared spectroscopy and multivariate modeling.Bioresources 6(1): 807-822.
Via, B.K., S. Adhikari, and S. Taylor. 2013Modeling for proximate analysis and heating value of torrefied biomass with vibration spectroscopy.Bioresource Technology.133: 1-8.
Via, B.K., T. McDonald, and J. Fulton.2012Nonlinear multivariate modeling of strand density from near infrared spectra.Wood Science and Technology. 46:1073-1084.
Via, B.K., T. McDonald, and J. Fulton.2011Nonlinear multivariate modeling of strand density from near infrared spectra.Wood Science and Technology (Published Online).
W Jiang, G Han, BK Via, M Tu, W Liu, and O Fasina.2013Rapid assessment of coniferous biomass lignin–carbohydrates with near-infrared spectroscopy.Wood Science and Technology, 48 (1), 109-122.
Wang Z. , C. Zhou, J. Xia, B.K. Via, F. Zhang, Y. Xia, and Y. Li. 2013Fabrication and characterization of a triple functionalization of graphene oxide with folic acid, Fe3O4 and doxorubicin as dual-targeted drug nanocarrier. Colloids and Surfaces B: Bio interfaces. 106:60-65.
Wang, S., B. Xie, Q. Cheng, B.K. Via, M. Xu and H. Zhao. 2014The Influence of Repeated Thermal Shock on the Mechanical Properties of Mongolia Scotch Pine and Moso Bamboo.Bioresources 9(4):7382-7388.
Wang, Z., J. Xia, C. Zhou, B.K. Via, Y. Xia, F. Zhang, Y. Li, L. Xia, and J. Tang. 2013Synthesis of strongly green-photo luminescent graphene quantum dots for drug carrier.Colloids and Surfaces B: Bio interfaces. 112:192-196.
Wang, Zonghua, Chengfeng Zhou, Jianfei Xia, Brian K. Via, Feifei Zhang, Yanzhi Xia, Yanhui Li.2012Fabrication and characterization of a triple functionalization of graphene oxide with folic acid, Fe3O4 and doxorubicin as dual-targeted drug nanocarrier. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces.
Wei, N., B.K. Via, Y. Wang, T. McDonald, and M.L. Auad. 2014Liquefaction and substitution of switchgrass ( Panicum virgatum) based bio-oil into epoxy resins.Industrial Crops and Products 57:116-123.
Zhang, X., Cheng, Q., Sun, L., Xu, M., & Via, B. 2015The Effect of Layer Moisture Content Distribution on Lumber Surface and Bonding Interface Properties.BioResources, 10(1), 68-78.
Zhou, C., Jiang, W., Cheng, Q., & Via, B. K. 2015Multivariate Calibration and Model Integrity for Wood Chemistry Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry, 2015, 1-9.
Zhou, C., Jiang, W., Via, B. K., Fasina, O., & Han, G. 2015Prediction of mixed hardwood lignin and carbohydrate content using ATR-FTIR and FT-NIR.Carbohydrate Polymers, 121, 336-341.
Zhou, C., W. Jiang, and B.K. Via. 2014Facile synthesis of soluble graphene quantum dots and its improved property in detecting heavy metal ions. Colloids and Surfaces B:Biointerfaces 118:72-76.
Zhou, C., Zonghua, W., Xia, J., Via, B.K., Zhang, F., Xia, Y., Li, Y.2012A simplistic one-pot method to produce magnetic graphene-CdS nanocomposites.Comptes Rendus 15: 714-718.

Dr. Via currently focuses a significant amount of time on a) development of bio-based epoxy adhesives for use in wood composites and using liquefaction or pyrolysis to create feedstock for epoxy synthesis and b) the rapid characterization of biomass for wood chemistry, mechanical, and physical properties.

His research focus looks to combine his primary skills from Industry and Academia in biomass characterization and wood quality, composites and adhesives, and development of new products from either bioenergy and/or biobased processes.  When working to develop new products from a bioenergy based process, he relies on the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts to act as partners and to provide additional expertise and collaboration.  Partnerships with Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, Biosystems Engineering, Polymer and Fiber Engineering, the University of Tennessee, and N.C. State has resulted in significant funding with $15 million coming from the USDA AFRI Cap in which Dr. Steve Taylor is the local Auburn IBSS leader and co-PI.  Dr. Via is also a co-PI on this IBSS project.

Teaching Responsibilities:

Dr. Via’s teaching focus includes general areas such as Forest Products, Biobased Composites, and Chemometrics.

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