Dr. Zhiyong Cai received his PhD degree from Purdue University. He is Project Leader of Engineered Composites Science, Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service. Currently, he is leading a group of research scientists developing bio-based composites from nano-cellulose, lignin, wood and other non-wood fiber sources using thermoset, thermoplastic, inorganic, and other naturally-derived binders. He has over 200 publications and 100 presentations related to the bio-based material research. He is the fellow of International Academy of Wood Science and has co-chaired two international conferences.