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Imaging Wood Chemicals in Three Dimensions
Snapshot: For the first time, chemicals in wood were visualized in 3-dimensions. This advance in chemical analysis will help clarify scientists' understanding of wood architecture, strength properties, durability, and cell wall deconstruction for conversion of lignocellulose to bioplastics, biofuels, nanocellulose, and other value-added chemicals.
Two-dimensional rendering of three-dimensional chemistry of poplar wood with representative spectra of lignin, hemicellulose and cellulose. Barbara Illman and USDA Forst Service