Diego Elustondo
Diego Elustondo

Diego Elustondo

Skellefteå

Background

Diego Elustondo, Ph.D, was born in Argentina, where he studied Chemical Engineering and Physics. In 2001, he moved with his wife to Canada in order to work as a researcher in wood sciences, first at the University of British Columbia, and then at FPInnovations, which is one of the world’s largest private research organizations and who are working towards developing innovative solutions across all areas of the Canadian forest sector.

In 2010, however, he fell in love with the city of Skellefteå after attending the 11th International IUFRO Wood Drying Conference in Sweden. It was such a beautiful forest and spectacular winter, such a charming city and welcoming people that he could not wait to return in 2013 as Chaired Professor in the research subject Wood Physics! From this position, his goals are to provide first class education for the Master Program in Wood Technology which meets the expectations of the Swedish wood industry, as well as to generate knowledge that increases the competitiveness of the Swedish wood industry.

Ultimately, the mission is to always have professionals and innovators in the forest sector helping the local community to develop further into a sustainable bio-economy.

Academic degrees

Ph.D in Chemical Engineering
National Southern University, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2001
Bachelors in Chemical Engineer
National Southern University, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Honors Student Award in 1994 and 1995
1995

 

Previous employments

 

FPInnovations
Scientist, Lumber Manufacturing Department
2665 East Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1W5
British Columbia, Canada

Webpage: www.fpinnovations.ca

2004 to today

University of British Columbia
Research Associate, Department of Wood Science
4041 – 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z4
British Columbia, Canada

Webpage: www.ubc.ca

2001 to 2004

HeatWave Technologies Inc*
*Private Radio Frequency Kilns Manufacturer
Research Engineer under UBC project
1277 Highway 6, Box 57, Crescent Valley, V0G 1H0
British Columbia, Canada

2001 to 2003

National Southern University
Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics
Avenida Alem 1253, 8000 Bahia Blanca
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Webpage: www.uns.edu.ar

1998 to 2001

PLAPIQUI*
*Chemical Engineering Research Institute
Research Scientists under Ph.D program
Camino "La Carrindanga" - Km 7, 8000 Bahía Blanca
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Webpage: www.plapiqui.edu.ar

1996 to 2001

 

Honorary Assignment

Group Coordinator for IUFRO division 5.04.06 (wood drying)
International Union of Forest Research Organizations
Marxergasse 2, A-1030 Vienna, Austria

Webpage: www.iufro.org

Peer reviewed papers in international journals

  1. Elustondo D., Oliveira L., and Ananias R.A. (2013). Visual method to assess lumber sorting before drying. Drying Technology 31(1): 32-39.
  2. Ananias R.A., Salvo L., Venegas R., and Elustondo, D. (2013). Effect of thickness, temperature and sensors in heat-treatment/kiln-drying of radiata pine. Wood Fiber Science 45(1):1-7.
  3. Ananias R.A., Mena M., Elustondo D.M., Diaz-Vaz J.E., Valenzuela L., and Salinas C. (2013). Testing new in-kiln meter for monitoring lumber moisture content during drying. Drying Technology 31(3): 277-281.
  4. Ananias R.A., Perez P., Salinas C., and Elustondo D. (2013). Drying schedules for canelo wood. Drying Technology 31(3): 282-285.
  5. Oliveira L., Elustondo D., Mujundar A., and Ananias, R. (2012). Canadian developments in kiln drying. Drying Technology 30(15): 1792-1799.
  6. Ananias R.A., Ulloa J., Elustondo D.M., Salinas C., Rebolledo P., and Fuentes C. (2012). Energy consumption in industrial drying of radiata Pine. Drying Technology 30(7): 774-779.
  7. Korkut S., Korkut D.S., Kocaefe D., Elustondo D., Bajraktari A., Nevzat C. (2011). Effect of thermal modification on the properties of narrow-leaved ash and chestnut. Industrial Crops and Products 35: 287- 294.
  8. Elustondo D.M., and Oliveira L. (2011). Moisture content target optimization in lumber drying. Wood Material Science and Engineering 6(4): 190-195.
  9. Elustondo, D.M. (2010). Lumber quality model: The theory. Wood Material Science and Engineering 5: 162-172.
  10. Elustondo D., Oliveira L., and Avramidis S. (2010). New methodology to optimize sorting in wood drying. Maderas: Ciencia y tecnología 12(2): 79-91.
  11. Elustondo D.M., and Oliveira L. (2009). Method to optimize lumber sorting before kiln drying. Forest Products Journal 59(9): 45-50.
  12. Elustondo D.M., Oliveira L., and Lister P. (2009). Temperature drop sensor for monitoring kiln drying of lumber. Holzforschung 63: 334-339.
  13. Elustondo D.M, and Oliveira L. (2009). Model to assess energy consumption in industrial lumber kilns. Maderas: Ciencia y Tecnología 11(1): 33-46.
  14. Elustondo D., Avramidis S., and Keery R.H. (2008/9). RFV drying schedule development for thick western red cedar timbers. Journal of the Institute of Wood Science 18(2): 68-74.
  15. Garraham P., Oliveira L., and Elustondo D.M. (2006). Energy matters in drying. Canadian Wood Products, September/October 2006: 36-41.
  16. Elustondo D.M., and Oliveira L. (2006). Opportunities to reduce energy consumption in softwood lumber drying. Drying Technology 24: 653–662.
  17. Elustondo D.M., Oliveira L., and Lister P. (2006). Temperature drop sensor for determination of drying curves in conventional lumber drying. Holzforschung 60: 196–200.
  18. Elustondo D.M., Avramidis S., and Oliveira L. (2005). Industrial evaluation of re-dry strategy for softwood lumber. Maderas: Ciencia y Tecnología 7(2): 65-78.
  19. Papadopoulod A.N., Avramidis S., and Elustondo D.M. (2005). The sorption of water vapour by chemically modified softwood: Analysis using various sorption models. Wood Science and Technology 39: 99–112.
  20. Elustondo D.M., and Avramidis S. (2005). Comparative analysis of three methods for stochastic lumber drying simulation. Drying Technology 23: 131–142.
  21. Elustondo D.M., Avramidis S., and Zwick R. (2005). The demonstration of increased fiber utilization using optimized lumber sorting and radio frequency vacuum drying. Forest Products Journal 55(1): 76-83.
  22. Elustondo D.M., Avramidis S., and Oliveira L. (2004). Estimation of green moisture content distribution in hemfir timber by stochastic modeling. Holzforschung 58: 413–417.
  23. Elustondo D.M., Shida S., and Avramidis S. (2004). Predicting thermal efficiency in timber radio frequency vacuum drying. Drying Technology 22(4): 795–807.
  24. Elustondo D.M., and Avramidis S. (2003). Stochastic numerical model for conventional drying of timbers. Journal of Wood Science 49(6): 485-491.
  25. Elustondo D.M., and Avramidis S. (2003). Simulated comparative analysis of sorting strategies for RFV drying. Wood and Fiber Science 35(1): 49-55.
  26. Elustondo D.M., Koumoutsakos A., and Avramidis S. (2003). Non-deterministic description of wood drying. Stochastic dispersion of data in radio frequency vacuum drying. Holzforschung 57(1): 88–94.
  27. Elustondo D.M., and Avramidis S. (2003). Stochastic numerical model for radio frequency vacuum drying of timbers. Drying Technology 20(9): 1827-1842.
  28. Elustondo D.M., Oliveira L., and Avramidis S. (2003). Evaluation of three semi-empirical models for superheated steam vacuum drying of timbers. Drying Technology 21(5): 875-893.
  29. Elustondo D.M., Mujumdar A., and Urbicain M.J. (2002). Optimum working conditions in drying foodstuffs with superheated steam. Drying technology 20(2): 381-402.
  30. Elustondo D.M. (2002). Ph.D. thesis abstract: Drying foodstuff with superheated steam. Drying Technology 20(1): 235-237.
  31. Elustondo D.M., Elustondo M.P. and Urbicain M.J. (2002). Drying with superheated steam: maximum drying rate as a linear function of pressure. Chemical Engineering Journal 86(1-2): 69-74.
  32. Elustondo D.M., Elustondo M.P., and Urbicain M.J. (2001). Mathematical modeling of moisture evaporation from foodstuffs exposed to subatmospheric pressure superheated steam. Journal of Food Engineering 49(1): 15-24.
  33. Elustondo D.M., Elustondo M.P., and Urbicain M.J. (2001). New thermal conductivity probe design based on the analysis of error sources. Journal of Food Engineering 48(4): 325-333.

Books

 

The wrong assumption: Revolutionary scientific theories that shape the elusive supernatural world. (2012). Elustondo D. Bentham Science Publishers, Oak Park, USA (eISBN: 978-1-60805-381-0 / ISBN: 978-1-60805-523-4)

Webpage: www.benthamscience.com/ebooks/9781608053810/index.htm

 

Kiln Operator’s Manual: Drying spruce-pine-fir lumber. (2008). Garraham P., MacKay G., Oliveira L., Savard M., Elustondo D., and Jozsa L. FPInnovations-Forintek, Vancouver, Canada (Special publication SP-527E)

Webpage: www.fpinnovations.ca/MediaCentre/Pages/media-library.aspx#.UZ8XeIdTCDs

Peer reviewed papers in international Conferences

  1. Elustondo D. and Oliveira L. (2012). Comparing Weight and Capacitance for Sorting Lumber before Drying. 12th International IUFRO Wood Drying Conference, Belém, Pará, Brazil, July 30 to August 03.
  2. Ananias R.A., Ulloa J., Elustondo D.M., Salinas C., Rebolledo P., and Fuentes C. (2011). Energy consumption in industrial drying of radiata pine. Proceedings of the 7th Asia-Pacific Drying Conference (ADC 2011), Tianjin, China, September 18-20.
  3. Elustondo D.M, and Oliveira L. (2010). New methodology to optimize sorting in wood drying. Proceedings of the 11th International IUFRO Conference in Skellefteå, Sweden, January 18-22.
  4. Oliveira L., Elustondo D.M. (2008). Opportunities to reduce energy consumption during kiln drying. Proceedings of DRYTECH 2008, Melbourne, Australia November 26-27, and Rotorua, New Zealand, December 1-2.
  5. Elustondo D.M, and Oliveira L. (2007). Strategies to reduce energy consumption in kiln drying. Proceedings of the 10th International IUFRO Conference in Maine, USA, August 26-30.
  6. Oliveira L., Elustondo D.M. (2006). Drying sorted lumber prior and after drying (re-drying). Proceedings of DRYTECH 2006, Melbourne, Australia November 27-28, and Rotorua, New Zealand, November 23-24.
  7. Elustondo D.M., and Avramidis S. (2004). The demonstration of increased lumber value using optimized lumber sorting. Proceedings of the 5th COST E15 Workshop in Athens, Greece, April 22-24.
  8. Elustondo D.M., Avramidis S. and Zwick R.L. (2003). The demonstration of increased fiber utilization using optimized lumber sorting and radio-frequency vacuum drying. Proceeding of the 57th Forest Products Society Annual Meeting, Bellevue, USA, June 22-25.
  9. Elustondo D.M., and Avramidis S. (2002). Modeling a timber "dry/sort/re-dry" strategy using combined conventional and dielectric technologies. Proceedings of the 4th COST E15 Workshop in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, May 30-1.
  10. Elustondo D.M., Elustondo M.P., and Urbicain M.J. (2000). Drying of foodstuff with superheated steam: Maximum rate as function of pressure. Proceedings of the 12th International Drying Symposium, Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands, August 28-31.