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#041: Graham Ormondroyd about how wool improves indoor air quality

Graham Ormondroyd BioComposites Centre at Wool Academy Podcast

Graham Ormondroyd is originally a wood expert, yes wood not wool who has now also turned into a wool expert. Graham explains that wood and wool actually have a lot in common. Both are highly valued bio material that can be used to create bio composites. Within our world that is becoming more and more environmentally conscious, bio composites play an important role in replacing plastics and other materials made out of oil. Graham shares his latest research results about wool insulation as well as wool improving the air quality by binding VOCs. This interview gives a fresh outlook on future applications for wool.

About Graham Ormondroyd

Dr. Ormondroyd completed his PhD (Wood Science) at Bangor University, UK and has been the Head of Materials Research at the BioComposites Centre for 8 years. During that time he has written many proposals, papers and undertaken commercial works in all aspects of biomaterials science. Dr. Ormondroyd has over 70 publications including peer reviewed papers, conference proceedings, book chapters and edited books, he continues to publish regularly. Dr. Ormondroyd is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, a member of the International Research Group on Wood Protection and in 2015 was short listed for both the Bangor and the Insider Wales Innovation Awards. Dr. Ormondroyd is an editor of 2 International Journals and a reviewer for 6 others.

 

Connect with Graham Ormondroyd here

BioComposites Centre website
BioComposites Centre Twitter account
Bangor University website
Bangor University’s YouTube page
Bangor University’s Facebook page

Key Time Stamps

[01:07] About Graham Ormondroyd
[01:51] About the BioComposites Centre
[02:39] Why are Bio Composites important?
[03:26] What is a bio material and a bio composite?
[05:51]  Graham’s research on wool
[07:37] What chances does wool have as a house insulator?
[09:07] Danger of moths and how to keep them away from wool through eco-friendly repellents
[09:54] Indoor quality and sick building syndrome
[11:50] What does VOC stand for?
[13:25] How can wool improve indoor quality?
[17:15] Graham’s most favourite property of wool
[18:25] Which sheep breeds are best for absorbing VOCs?
[20:13] Why is the EU interested in funding research on wool and VOCs?
[21:10] Future research at the BioComposites centre
[22:22] How can the wool industry make use of Graham’s research
[24:28] How to connect with Graham and the BioComposites Centre

About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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