Affiliation: UUniversity of Primorska and InnoRenew CoE, SI
Keywords: wood composites, thermo hydro mechanical treatment, adhesive bonding, sustainable development, LCA
Andreja Kutnar obtained her PhD in 2008 at the Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Wood Science and Technology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since 2012 she has worked as an Associate Professor in the field wood science at the University of Primorska in Koper, Slovenia where she led the development of the Sustainable Built Environments Masters degree programme. Since 2014 she has served as the Acting Head of the Department of Technology at the Andrej Marušič Institute, University of Primorska, Slovenia. In 2017 she became the director of the InnoRenew CoE, a research institute founded as a result of a successful H2020 Widespread-Teaming grant application. She is also an affiliated faculty member at the Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University, USA. In 2018 she was a DAAD Guest Professor at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. Andreja is active in international associations and networks. She is an Executive Board member of InnovaWood and the vice president of the Society of Wood Science and Technology. She is chair of COST Action FP1407 “Understanding wood modification through an integrated scientific and environmental impact approach” (ModWoodLife). Andreja is co-editor of Wood Materials Science and Engineering (Taylor & Francis) and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals. She has published over 100 papers. In 2014, she co-authored, “Contemporary Slovenian Timber Architecture for Sustainability”, a book published by Springer International Publishing AG in the Green Energy and Technology series. In 2016 she co-edited “Environmental Impacts of Traditional and Innovative Forest-based Bioproducts” a scientific book published by Springer International Publishing AG in the Environmental Footprints and Eco-design of Products and Processes series.
She was awarded the “Jesenko award” for the best PhD student graduating in the year 2008 and in 2004 she received the “Jesenko award” for excellent undergraduate study success. Both awards were received from Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Moreover, she received funding for many National research projects and for several international projects including the H2020 Teaming Renewable materials and healthy environments research and innovation centre of excellence (InnoRenew CoE). In 2016 she received the »Prometej« award for Excellence in science communication for successful communication of wood science in support of the implementation of the sustainable development paradigm.
She works in the field wood science, focusing on wood composites, thermo hydro mechanical treatment of wood, and adhesive bonding. Her research includes environmental impact assessment of new materials, products, and technologies from origin, manufacturing, use/alteration to reuse or recycle. Furthermore, her research addresses an advanced understanding of wood use beyond conventional measures of performance through interdisciplinary scientific research teams.