Seri Robinson

Robinson, Seri

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Associate Professor of Anatomy of Renewable Materials
Wood Science & Engineering
Office Location:
232 Richardson Hall
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Graduate Major Advisor
Ph.D., Forest Science (Wood Science), Michigan Technological University, 2010
M.S., Forest Science (Wood Science), Michigan Technological University, 2005
B.S., Criminal Justice/Art & Design - Woodworking, Northern Michigan University, 2003
Research Areas
Wood Identification and Characterization
Art, Architecture and Design
Forest-based Bio-Products
Research Interests
  • Applied Wood Mycology
  • Spalting
  • Wood Aesthetics
  • Wood Anatomy
Current/Recent Programs

Development of fungal pigments for painting vascular plants and textiles.
Graduate Students:
Courses Taught:
  • WSE 211
    An introduction to scientific woodturning. Students will get a grounding in tools, lathes, sharpening, and set-up, and then will transition into turning basic forms (spindle and bowl). Particular relevance will be placed upon grain orientation, wood moisture content, wood anatomy, wood chemistry, wood species and extractive effects, and how all of these attributed affect both form and function. Class instruction will be entirely studio based.
  • WSE 413
    An in-depth look at how character in wood (figure, spalting, knots, etc.) affects machinability and output in both functional and aesthetic turning. Students will work with a wide range of spalted wood types and figure across numerous species while working on advanced turning forms. Particular emphasis will be placed upon how figure affects grain orientation, how spalting affects density and stability, and how the challenges with character wood can be overcome without specialty tools. Class instruction will be entirely studio based.
  • WSE 414
    For the final term of a student's last year in the Renewable Materials Industrial Design program, this course brings together the basic collaborative design elements and technical background of each student in the creation of collaborative design projects with the intention of giving students real-world, problem-based design experience.
Selected Publications:
  1. Krueger, T.D., Tang, L., Giesbers, G., Van Court, R., Zhu, L., Robinson, S.C., Ostroverkhova, O., Fang, C. Ultrafast triplet state formation of a methylated fungi-derived pigment for sustainable optoelectronic materials. The Journal of Physical Chemistry in press
  2. He, Y., Cao, Y., Hwang, H-J., Debarajb, H., Vega Gutierrez, S.M., Chen, H-L., Robinson, S.C., Malhotra, R., Chang, C-H. 2021. Inkjet printing and in-situ crystallization of biopigments for eco-friendly and energy-efficient fabric coloration. International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing Green Technology in press
  3. Giesbers, G., Krueger, T., Van Schenck, J., Kim, G., Van Court, R., Robinson, S.C., Beaudry, C., Fang, C., Ostroverkhova, O. 2021. The role of hydroxyl groups in the photophysics, photostability, and (opto)electronic properties of the fungi-derived pigment xylindein. The Journal of Physical Chemistry in press
  4. Robinson, S.C. 2021. The Lindquist Legacy. Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA
  5. Robinson, S.C. 2021. DIY Spalting. Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA
  6. Lagshetti, A., Raisänen, R., Robinson, S.C., Singh, S.K., Dufossé, L. 2021. Advances in Macrofungi: Industrial Avenues and Prospects. Chapter contributed: Colorful macrofungi and their pigment structures. CRC Press
  7. Suthar, M., Lagshetti, A., Raisänen, R., Singh, P.N., Dufossé, L., Robinson, S.C., Singh, S.K. 2021. Advances in Macrofungi: Industrial Avenues and Prospects. Chapter contributed: Industrial applications of pigments from macrofungi. CRC Press
  8. Robinson, S.C. 2020. Living With Wood. Schiffer Publishing (a book on fundamental wood science for parents and woodworkers)