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Nathan Kotlarewski

Research Fellow in Timber Design and Production
Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood, Architecture & Design, School of Technology, Environments & Design College of Sciences & Engineering University of Tasmania

T40B , Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 4473 (phone)

Nathan.Kotlarewski@utas.edu.au

Dr Nathan Kotlarewski is an experienced researcher and timber design specialist with a demonstrated history of timber product innovation to commercialisation, digital fabrication, and mass timber production.

Biography

Nathan has a diverse background in Industrial Design research-led practice in both academia and industry. After completing his PhD at Swinburne University of Technology, Nathan joined the University of Tasmania to undertake a post-doctoral research fellowship in the ARC Centre for Forest Value. After four years with the Centre, he moved into an industry position as a digital fabricator at CLTP Tasmania to produce Mass Timber building solutions. Whilst with the company Nathan was promoted to Production Manager and has since returned to the University of Tasmania, now in the Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood, as an Associate Researcher in Timber Product Design.

Publications

Nathan has published widely in industrial design and architecture, innovation, and technology, building and construction, timber engineering and wood science. His research typically highlights material properties and how these can be manipulated to develop new products for the built environment. In conjunction, his research illustrates how the design process employed in the wood and wood products sector impacts timber developments and product commercialisation.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis Title

University

Country

Date of Award

Doctor of Philosophy

New product development for Papua New Guinea Balsa to improve smallholder livelihoods

Swinburne University of Technology

AUS

2016

Bachelor of Design Industrial Design (First Class Honours)

Swinburne University of Technology

AUS

2012

Bachelor of Design

Industrial Design

Swinburne University of Technology

AUS

2011

Administrative expertise

  • Industry  engagement and relationship facilitator
  • Workshop management
  • Project and  resource management
  • Team Communication
  • Safety and well being monitor

Teaching

Teaching expertise

  • HDR supervision
  • International guest lecturer
  • Unit development and co-ordination
  • Workshop training and assessment
  • Student experience and industry engagement focus

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Expertise

Nathan’s research encompasses understanding material properties to develop new commercial products and inform manufacturing processes with existing infrastructure and future investments. A holistic design thinking approach supports Nathan’s research in addressing industry-focused opportunities to utilise resources and provide new developments and research extensions. His research informs the integration of advanced manufacturing to deliver commercial timber building solutions and design features.

Research Themes

Nathan’s research is multidisciplinary and encompasses the University’s research themes of Creativity; Resources and Sustainability; and Data, Knowledge, and Decisions. With a background in Industrial Design, his research outputs are aligned with studying timber, its behaviour, properties, and applications to develop novel products, that encourage innovation in the timber industry. Working closely with industry partners Nathan’s research and product outcomes align with emerging markets, resource drivers and manufacturing opportunities to promote sustainable growth.

Collaboration

Nathan has travelled nationally and internationally to world-class research institutes to engage, share, and collaborate in timber design and product development. Nathan has also taught as a guest lecturer internationally and studied abroad to advance his teaching expertise, research capacity and global network. He is currently involved in several National Institute of Forest Products Innovation projects monitoring and developing timber products in building and industrial applications.

Current projects

  • NT015 / NIF079: Developing a New Generation of Tasmanian Appearance Hardwood Products for In-State Design and Manufacturing
  • NT045 / NIF109: Managing timber’s moisture content in the supply chain, construction and in-service

Fields of Research

  • Industrial and product design (330309)
  • Architectural design (330102)
  • Timber, pulp and paper (401610)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in built environment and design (280104)
  • Timber materials (120306)

Publications

Nathan has published widely in industrial design and architecture, innovation, and technology, building and construction, timber engineering and wood science. His research typically highlights material properties and how these can be manipulated to develop new products for the built environment. In conjunction, his research illustrates how the design process employed in the wood and wood products sector impacts timber developments and product commercialisation.

Total publications

43

Journal Article

(14 outputs)
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2020Balasso M, Kutnar A, Niemela EP, Mikuljan M, Nolan G, et al., 'Wood properties characterisation of thermo-hydro mechanical treated plantation and native tasmanian timber species', Forests, 11, (11) Article 1189. ISSN 1999-4907 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f11111189 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Balasso M; Hunt MA; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM

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2019Derikvand M, Jiao H, Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Chan A, et al., 'Bending performance of nail‑laminated timber constructed of fast‑grown plantation eucalypt', European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 77, (3) pp. 421-437. ISSN 0018-3768 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00107-019-01408-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Jiao H; Lee M; Chan A; Nolan G

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2019Derikvand M, Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Jiao H, Chan A, et al., 'Short-term and long-term bending properties of nail-laminated timber constructed of fast-grown plantation eucalypt', Construction and Building Materials, 211 pp. 952-964. ISSN 0950-0618 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.03.305 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Lee M; Jiao H; Chan A; Nolan G

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2019Derikvand M, Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Jiao H, Nolan G, 'Characterisation of physical and mechanical properties of unthinned and unpruned plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens H.Deane and Maiden lumber', Forests, 10, (2) Article 194. ISSN 1999-4907 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f10020194 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Lee M; Jiao H; Nolan G

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2019Kotlarewski N, Derikvand M, Lee M, Whiteroad I, 'Machinability study of Australia's dominate plantation timber resources', Forests, 10, (9) Article 805. ISSN 1999-4907 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f10090805 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Lee M

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2019Kotlarewski NJ, Derikvand M, Lee M, Nolan G, Hague JRB, 'Bifenthrin treatment for balsa: Susceptibility of Papua New Guinea-grown 2 Ochroma pyramidale to attack by Coptotermes acinaciformis (Blattodea: 3 Rhinotermitidae) in an Australian context', International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 137 pp. 153-157. ISSN 0964-8305 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ibiod.2019.01.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Lee M; Nolan G

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2019Zareah H, Lee M, Nolan G, Moradpour P, Kotlarewski N, et al., 'Flexural performance of cross-laminated timber constructed from fibre-managed plantation eucalyptus', Construction and Building Materials, 208 pp. 535-542. ISSN 0950-0618 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.03.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Lee M; Nolan G

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2018Derikvand M, Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Jiao H, Chan A, et al., 'Visual stress grading of fibre-managed plantation Eucalypt timber for structural building applications', Construction and Building Materials, 167 pp. 688-699. ISSN 0950-0618 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.02.090 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Lee M; Jiao H; Chan A; Nolan G

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2018Derikvand M, Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Jiao H, Nolan G, 'Flexural and visual characteristics of fibre-managed plantation Eucalyptus globulus timber', Wood Material Science and Engineering, 15, (3) pp. 172-181. ISSN 1748-0272 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17480272.2018.1542618 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Lee M; Jiao H; Nolan G

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2017Derikvand M, Nolan G, Jiao H, Kotlarewski N, 'What to do with structurally low-grade wood from Australia's plantation Eucalyptus; building application?', BioResources, 12, (1) pp. 4-7. ISSN 1930-2126 (2017) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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Co-authors: Derikvand M; Nolan G; Jiao H

2017Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Nolan G, 'Grade-reducing features in timber products', New Zealand Journal of Forestry, 62, (3) pp. 33-35. ISSN 1174-7986 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Lee M; Nolan G

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2016Kotlarewski NJ, Belleville B, Gusamo BK, Ozarska B, 'Mechanical properties of Papua New Guinea balsa wood', European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 74, (1) pp. 83-89. ISSN 0018-3768 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00107-015-0983-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9

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2016Kotlarewski NJ, Kuys B, Thong C, 'Design innovation: a tool for value-adding to the Papua New Guinea balsa wood industry', Journal of Design, Business and Society, 2, (2) pp. 183-196. ISSN 2055-2106 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1386/dbs.2.2.183_1 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Kotlarewski NJ, Ozarska B, Gusamo BK, 'Thermal conductivity of Papua New Guinea balsa wood measured using the needle probe procedure', BioResources, 9, (4) pp. 5784-5793. ISSN 1930-2126 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00226-013-0574-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 135Web of Science - 126

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Conference Publication

(24 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Schwartzkopf M, Pecnik J, Mikuljan M, 'Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Treatment of Australian Sawlog and Pulplog Hardwood Resources', InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2020 Book of Abstracts, 09 June, Izola, Slovenia, pp. 16. ISSN 2784-6679 (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lee M

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2020Remesova H, Kotlarewski N, Schwartzkopf M, 'Testing the Thermal Properties of Loose-Fill Straw Insulation', InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2020 Book of Abstracts, 09 June, Izola, Slovenia, pp. 15. ISSN 2784-6679 (2020) [Conference Extract]

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2019Balasso M, Hunt M, Nolan G, Kotlarewski N, Jacobs A, et al., 'Evaluation of non-destructive techniques and visual assessments of grade fibre-grown Eucalyptus logs for structural products', Proceedings of the 21st International Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium, 24-28 September 2019, Freiburg, Germany (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Balasso M; Hunt M; Nolan G; O'Reilly-Wapstra J

2019Balasso M, Hunt M, Nolan G, Kotlarewski N, Jacobs A, et al., 'Use of non-destructive techniques to optimise the production of structural products from Eucalyptus plantations grown for fibre', Proceedings of the XXV IUFRO World Congress, 29 September - 05 October 2019, Curitiba, Brazil (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Balasso M; Hunt M; Nolan G; O'Reilly-Wapstra J

2019Kotlarewski N, 'Industry Collaboration: Opportunities for new Tasmanian solid-wood products', STEM State Future Forum, 25 September, Launceston, Tasmania (2019) [Plenary Presentation]

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2019Kotlarewski N, 'Products and Manufacturing in the Tasmanian Hardwood Industry', Centre for Forest Value Annual Roadshow, 11 September, University of Tasmania (2019) [Plenary Presentation]

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2018Balasso M, Hunt M, Nolan G, Kotlarewski N, Jacobs A, 'From the forest to products: how segregation systems will allow the characterisation of fibre-grown plantations for higher value production', Proceedings of the 2018 Society of Wood Science and Technology/Japan Wood Research Society International Convention, 5-9 November 2018, Nagoya University, Japan, pp. 340-341. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Balasso M; Hunt M; Nolan G

2018Balasso M, Hunt M, Nolan G, Kotlarewski N, Jacobs A, 'From the forest to products: how segregation systems will allow the characterisation of fibre-grown plantations for higher value production', Proceedings of the 61st International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology and Japan Wood Research Society, 05-09 November 2018, Nagoya, Japan (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Balasso M; Hunt M; Nolan G

2018Balasso M, Hunt M, Nolan G, Kotlarewski N, Jacobs A, 'Alignment of resources for higher quality production: change and challenges in alternative uses of fibre-grown E. nitens plantations', Proceedings of the 12th Graduate Research Conference of University of Tasmania, 06-07 September 2018, Hobart (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Balasso M; Hunt M; Nolan G

2018Davis K, Kotlarewski N, Orr K, Nolan G, Leavengood S, 'Optimizing Perception Oriented Classification of Sawn Boards from Fibre-Managed Plantation Resources', Proceedings of the 2018 Society of Wood Science and Technology/Japan Wood Research Society International Convention, 5-9 November 2018, Nagoya University, pp. 164-171. ISBN 978-0-9817876-8-8 (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Davis K; Orr K; Nolan G

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2018Davis KJ, Kotlarewski N, Orr K, Nolan G, 'Characterization of fibre-managed plantation Eucalyptus globulus for non-structural applications from Tasmania, Australia', 2018 FPS International Convention Program, 11-14 June 2018, Madison, WI, USA, pp. 6. (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Davis KJ; Orr K; Nolan G

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2018Derikvand M, Bignell M, Balasso M, Kotlarewski N, Jiao H, et al., 'Multi-disciplinary optimisation of nail-laminated timber-concrete composite panels constructed of fibre-managed plantation eucalypt', Proceedings of the 61st International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology and Japan Wood Research Society, 5-9 November 2018, Nagoya, Japan, pp. 1-6. (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Derikvand M; Bignell M; Balasso M; Jiao H; Lee M; Nolan G

2018Kotlarewski N, 'TIA Future Forum Big Ideas: from plantation hardwood chip to sustainable buildings', TIA Future Forum, 27 June, Hobart, Tasmania (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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2018Kotlarewski N, 'Industrial Design in the Tasmanian Hardwood Industry', UQ Mini-Symposium on Digital Fabrication, 23 July, Brisbane (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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2018Kotlarewski N, Kuys B, Ozarska B, Holloway D, 'Manipulating Papua New Guinea Balsa by Design for Acoustic Absorption in the Built Environment', Proceedings of the 2018 Society of Wood Science and Technology/Japan Wood Research Society International Convention, 5-9 November 2018, Nagoya University, pp. 278-288. ISBN 978-0-9817876-8-8 (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Holloway D

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2018Kotlarewski N, Taylor L, Booth P, 'Embracing natural timber features of plantation hardwood: Material-aware digital workflows in product design and development', ASA2018: Engaging Architectural Science, 28 November - 1 December 2018, RMIT (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Taylor L; Booth P

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2017Davis K, Nolan G, Kotlarewski N, Orr K, 'What is the Potential for Australia's Plantation Hardwoods in Appearance Applications?', IUFRO Division 5 Conference 2017, 12-16 June 2017, Vancouver, Canada (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davis K; Nolan G; Orr K

2017Kotlarewski N, Wallis L, Lee M, Nolan G, Last M, 'Collaborative design education with industry: student perspective by reflection', Proceedings of Re: Research - the 2017 International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) Conference, 31 October-03 November, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, pp. 644-654. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Wallis L; Lee M; Nolan G

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2016Jenkin B, Kotlarewski N, Bull L, 'Balsa as a 'cash crop': the experience of Papua New Guinean smallholder growers', Australia Forest Growers Biennial National Conference, 23-27 October, Launceston, Tasmania (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2016Kotlarewski N, 'NCC 2016 & Mid-rise Timber Buildings', Australian Institute of Building Surveyors Tasmanian Chapter Conference, 16 September, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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2016Kotlarewski N, Thong C, Kuys B, Danahay E, 'Contrasting similarities and differences between academia and industry: evaluating processes used for product development', DRS 2016 Proceedings, 27-30 June 2016, Brighton, UK, pp. 1-15. ISSN 2398-3132 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Kotlarewski N, Kuys B, Thong C, 'Design innovation: a tool for value-adding to the Papua New Guinea balsa wood industry', Proceedings of the Design for Business: Research Conference, 12-13 May 2015, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-9. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Kotlarewski N, Thong C, Kuys B, 'Industry feedback for academic product development: influencing design decisions', Proceedings of the IASDR 2015 Congress, 02-05 November 2015, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-17. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Kuys B, Thong C, Kotlarewski N, Thompson-Whiteside S, 'Research-led practice in design research used to best demonstrate design theories', Proceedings of 'Design's Big Debates', Design Research Society Conference, 16-19 June 2014, Umea University, Sweden, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9789176010686 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Jiao H, Nolan G, Lee M, Kotlarewski N, Derikvand M, 'Developing high-mass laminated flooring products from fibre-managed plantation hardwood', Forest & Wood Products Australia, Melbourne, Australia, PNB387-1516 (2019) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Jiao H; Nolan G; Lee M; Derikvand M

Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Kotlarewski N, Power J, Mate K, Clayton I, Lee M, 'Neville Smith Forest Products', Neville Smith Forest Products (2019) [Published Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Power J; Mate K; Clayton I; Lee M

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Kotlarewski NJ, 'New Product Development for Papua New Guinea Balsa to Improve Smallholder Livelihoods' (2016) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Kotlarewski N, Power J, Lee M, Nolan G, Ozarska B, et al., 'Developing a New Generation of Tasmanian Appearance Hardwood Products for In-State Design and Manufacturing: Opportunity Analysis', Forest & Wood Products Australia Limited, Melbourne, July, pp. 1-84. (2019) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Power J; Lee M; Nolan G

2013Kotlarewski NJ, 'Papua New Guinea Observation Report ACIAR Project FST/2009/016', Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Australia (2013) [Report Other]

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Grants & Funding

Nathan has successfully attained National funding for various timber production, design, and innovation grants. He has experience as an academic and as an industry professional in developing, executing, and managing grants. Funding and project scopes range from quick return in investment commercial projects with high industry engagement to larger research grants over several years with academic teams, HDR students and industry participants.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$451,000

Projects

Drying protocols for Tasmanian hardwood (2018 - 2019)$80,000
Description
NSFP has asked the University of Tasmanias Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood to assist with commissioning and optimisation of the predryers and establishing their use in day-to-day production and to assist in preparation and embed of DQA and training in its business.
Funding
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ($40,000); Neville Smith Forest Products ($40,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kotlarewski NJ; Lee MW
Period
2018 - 2019
Increasing the durability and other material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwoods (2018 - 2021)$330,000
Description
This project focuses on increasing the desirable material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwood species: Tasmanian oak and plantation hardwoods, for use in several product groups: sawn appearance board, cladding, veneer-based products and glue assembled products: glulam and cross laminated timber (CLT).
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($320,000)
Collaborators
Neville Smith Forest Products ($5,000); Sustainable Timber Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wood K; Kotlarewski NJ; Lee MW; Vega Rivero MH; Ozarska B; Belleville B; Nolan G
Period
2018 - 2021
Neville Smith Forest Products Colour Project (2017 - 2018)$6,000
Description
Neville-Smith Forest Products (NSFP) have requested a project that aligns their Tasmanian Oak resource with current trending colour palettes for the built environment. The aim of this project is to develop contemporary interior colour themes for NSFP Tasmanian Oak from research evidence based themes. Post project iterations may consider future colour trends.
Funding
Neville Smith Forest Products ($6,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kotlarewski NJ; Power J; Mate KJH; Lee MW
Period
2017 - 2018
Improving management options for eucalypt and acacia plantations in Vietnam and Indonesia (2017 - 2018)$35,000
Description
To examine if solid wood products can be successfully processed from earlier age acacia and eucalypt plantations in Vietnam and Indonesia
Funding
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation ($35,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Blackburn DP; Kotlarewski NJ
Period
2017 - 2018

Research Supervision

Nathan is an experienced HDR supervisor with ongoing candidates, including completions to date. His supervision areas of expertise are:

  • Industrial design
  • Timber product design and development
  • Mass timber
  • Innovation and commercialisation
  • Industry engagement

Current

1

Completed

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDDeveloping a New Generation of Tasmanian Appearance Hardwood Products for In-state Design and ManufacturingDeveloping a New Generation of Tasmanian Appearance Hardwood Products for In-state Design and Manufacturing2020

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDAn Investigation of Eucalyptus nitens Plantation Wood Quality to Develop a Segregation Approach for Diversifying Resource Utilisation
Candidate: Michelle Balasso
2021
PhDMethods to Increase the Efficient Utilization of Hardwood Lumber to Produce High-value Products
Candidate: Kent Jason Davis
2021
PhDOptimising Laminated High-Mass Timber Components Assembled from a Fibre-Grown Resource for Building Applications
Candidate: Mohammad Derikvand
2019