The team at the Sustainable and Renewable Forest Products Group has been creating sustainable forest practices for 15 years - we boast an impressive range of academics, graduate researchers and professional and honorary staff.


Graduate researchers

  • Lilik Astari
    Lilik Astari (PhD candidate) aims to propose an eco-friendly particleboard alternative using corn stalk and a renewable formaldehyde-free resign suitable for particleboard manufacturing.
  • Johannes Ferhmann
    Johannes Fehrmann (PhD candidate) is assessing the potential for Australian hemp hurd residue (Cannabis sativa L.) for the production of environmentally friendly light-weight biocomposites.
  • Esther Oluwatosin Falade
    Esther Oluwatosin Falade (PhD candidate) will be developing options for wood processing methods and product development to offer guidance for plantation improvement strategies in Northern Australia.
  • Peter Edwin
    Peter Edwin (PhD candidate) is currently developing a multi-criterion optimisation framework for reducing the greenhouse (GHG) emissions associated with hardwood processing in Papua New Guinea.

Professional staff

  • Kristopher Orlowski

Honorary staff


  • Vendy Eko Prasetyo
    Khamtan Phonetip investigated optimised drying methods for Eucalyptus delegatensis and simulated solar kiln conditions using intermittent drying schedules in a conventional kiln to develop a model for gaining a better understanding of solar drying characteristics and to identify suitable locations for solar kilns.
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  • Vendy Eko Prasetyo
    Vendy Eko Prasetyo conducted research to improve the production efficiency of medium-size Indonesian wood furniture companies.
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  • Ngoc Bao Nguyen
    Ngoc Bao Nguyen analysed the potential production of multilaminar (reconstructed) veneer from low-quality eucalyptus and acacia plantations grown in Vietnam.
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  • Jamaludin Malik
    Jamaludin Malik enhanced timber quality of jabon wood (Anthocepalus cadamba) for high-quality products by treatment through densification and impregnation with merbau extractives.
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  • Phongxiong Wanneng
    Phongxiong Wanneng investigated the impact of selected wood characteristics and properties on the market price of plantation-grown teak logs (Tectona grandis Linn.F) in Lao People Democratic Republic.
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  • Bernard Gibson (PhD candidate) developed a system to attenuate low-frequency structure-borne sound in multi-storey timber buildings.
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