Jan PJ Swart

Director and Senior Researcher                                

Department of High-Performance Wood Products

Specialist Group: Wood Flavours

MSc Wood Science Stellenbosch University

Wood scientist, 40 years R&D experience.

Expertise: wood materials


Wood anatomy

Wood chemistry

Chemical production processes (from tree selection to final products)

Oak alternatives (OA)

Characterisation (chemical compounds)

Classification (into unique homogeneous wood flavour profile groups)

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Management of natural variation in chemical compound levels from tree to final products. 11 years wood flavour R&D.

Co-inventor of veneer for OA patent, done Proof-of-Concept.

Developed Wood Flavour Solutions – both management system (platform and App) with business opportunities.

Extensive knowledge of global cooperage and Oak Alternative business and markets.