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Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering

Project Title :  Developing advanced composites through chemical modification of biomaterials
Project Number : FPL-4707-2A
Start Date : 08-24-2007
End Date : 08-23-2012

View the 59 publications associated with this project.

Gregory SchuenemanPrincipal Investigator:
Gregory Schueneman

Non Technical Summary
The research under this problem will improve our understanding of wood-polymer interactions (i.e. coatings/sealants and adhesives) in a way that should decrease cost for the consumer. The idea here is that our work will lead to improved polymer component utilization in adhesives, sealants and coatings, thus less polymer will be needed to provide similar or superior properties to what is conventionally used. If we can identify key features of how different polymer components within a sealant, coating, or adhesive interact with wood (anatomical structure, cell wall structure, and wood components: cellulose, hemi-cellulose, and lignin), we might be able to tailor the component composition (or distribution) to maximize the desired wood-polymer interactions and thus properties. Other benefits include water repellent materials and fungicides derived from low value non-petroleum based forest resources, development of advanced wood-based composites and wood plastic composites, new applications for wood, and conversion of low value forest residues and fire and insect destroyed stands to value-added forest materials and feed-stocks.

Objectives Summary
FPL-4707-2 focuses on the chemical and mechanical factors that affect the properties of advanced composites. The research includes studies on traditional and non-traditional wood and wood-fiber composites, adhesive bonding of composites, chemical modification of the wood or fibers, bio-polymers for use as matrix materials, and materials, such as nano-fibers, for use as the structural component in wood-plastic composites. Research will also include engineered components such as laminated beams, composite I-beams, and structural wall panels. There are five objectives to this problem: 1) Chemical modification and property enhancement of wood based and bio-fiber resources are required to improve properties and to maximize end-use performance of advanced bio based composites, 2) Basic principles of adhesion theory for wood need to be understood to improve bonding in advanced composites, 3) Properties of adhesives must be improved to make advanced composites, 4) Bio-refining and bio-energy processes have a materials component for using byproducts from these processes to make advanced composites, and 5) Performance evaluation of advanced composites is necessary to determine the effects of various improvements in fiber properties and adhesive systems.

Approach Summary
Advanced composites will be created using a materials science approach that combines chemistry with performance property modeling. We will seek to better understand the complex interactions among the various materials used to make composites and develop technologies to chemically and physically modify wood based and other fiber resources. We will develop resins, including adhesives that are compatible with natural and modified lignocellulosic materials, processes that minimize fiber degradation during composite manufacturing, and provide improved engineered wood products. Our studies will involve modeling, development of mechanism theories, and testing those models and theories. Chemical composition (cell wall polymer content and ratios, molecular weight, reactivity, and accessibility) and fiber properties (single fiber aspect ratio, aggregate fiber properties, and individual fiber strength) of lignocellulosic fibers will be determined. This information will be used to develop an understanding of how properties of the components of a composite translate to performance of the composite.

Publications associated with this Project

Publication YearTitleDate Posted
2009A solution-state NMR approach to elucidating PMDI-Wood Bonding mechanisms in lobolly pine11/26/10
2009Adhesive Groups and How They Relate to the Durability of Bonded Wood04/27/09
2009Bio-Based Adhesives and Reproducible Rapid Small-Scale Bond Strength Testing02/09/10
2008Biological degradation of wood-plastic composites (WPC) and strategies for improving the resistance of WPC against biological decay10/15/10
2010Chapter 8 Wood Durability and Stability Without Toxicity12/16/10
2012Chemical Modification of Soy Flour Protein and its Properties09/26/12
2010Detection and assessment of wood decay using X-ray computer tomography05/16/11
2010Determination of native (wood derived) formaldehyde by the desiccator method in particleboards generated during panel production07/15/10
2011Durability of PLA-modified wood composites09/28/11
2010Durability of wood-plastic composite lumber07/15/10
2008Effect of Flakeboard Manufacturing Variables on Composite Properties: Part 1. Effect of Resin Content, Wax Content, Pressing Conditions, and Edge Treatments on Paint Performance07/06/09
2008Enhanced understanding of the relationship between chemical modification and mechanical properties of wood04/27/09
2009Evaluating Physical Property Changes for Small-Diameter, Plantation-Grown Southern Pine after In Situ Polymerization of an Acrylic Monomer05/17/10
2009Evaluation of crack-tip stress fields on microstructural-scale fracture in Al-Al2O3 interpenetrating network composites08/23/10
2008Evidence for cleavage of lignin by a brown rot basidiomycete10/15/10
2008Fiberboard bending properties as a function of density, thickness, resin, and moisture content10/15/10
2010Formaldehyde Emmission from ULEF0 and NAF-Bonded commercial Hardwood Plywood as Influenced by temperature and Relative Humidity11/15/10
2011FT-Raman Investigation of Milled-Wood Lignins: Softwood, Hardwood, and Chemically Modified Black Spruce Lignins07/12/11
2009Heat Resistant Soy Adhesives for Structural Wood Products10/06/10
2012Heat treatment of wet wood fiber: A study of the effect of reaction conditions on the formation of furfurals09/28/12
2012Heat-induced chemical and color changes of extractive-free Black Locust (Rosinia Pseudoacacia) wood09/27/12
2009High-Resolution solution-state NMR of unfractionated plant cell walls10/20/10
2010High-Temperature Performance of Soy Adhesives11/26/10
2010Improved methods for analyzing (bio)chemical interactions with wood07/15/10
2010Influence of chemical treatments on moisture-induced dimensional change and elastic modulus of earlywood and latewood10/20/10
2011Influence of soy type on wood bonding performance09/23/11
2009Investigating The Reactivity Of Pmdi With Wood Cell Walls Using High-Resolution Solution-State Nmr Spectroscopy10/06/10
2012Kinetics of adsorption, desorption, and readsorption of a commercial endoglucanase in lignocellulosic suspensions07/03/12
2010Laccase and Its Role in Production of Extracellular Reactive Oxygen Species during Wood Decay by the Brown Rot Basidiomycete Postia placenta05/17/10
2012Moisture Sorption in Artificially aged wood-plastic composites10/09/12
2012Moisture Sorption, Biological Durability, and Mechanical Performance of WPC Containing Modified Wood and Polylactates10/09/12
2010Natural Biopolymers: Novel Templates for the Synthesis of Nanostructures07/28/10
2010New technology for wood adhesives and coatings07/15/10
2012Optical property analysis of thermally and photolytically aged Eucalyptus Camaldulensis chemithermomechanical pulp (CTMP)09/21/12
2010Part 2 Biobased Adhesives And Non-Convential Bonding12/16/10
2010Performance Enhancement of Wood Surfaces Used in Outdoor Applications: The Effect of Sol-gel Treatment on the Weathering Performance of Solid Wood-polymer Composites05/02/11
2010Significance of Native Formaldehyde in Particleboards Generated during Wood Composite Panel Production12/05/10
2010Soy Adhesive-Moisture Interactions09/23/11
2010Soy Adhesives that Can Form Durable Bonds for Plywood, Laminated Wood Flooring, and Particleboard03/29/11
2010Soy protein adhesives07/15/10
2012Spectroscopic analysis of the role of extractives on heat-induced discoloration of black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)09/27/12
2011Sticking power from soya beans02/17/11
2008Synthesis and evaluation of aminoborates derived from boric acid and diols for protecting wood against fungal and thermal degradation10/15/10
2008Synthesis of ethylene maleic anhydride copolymer containing fungicides and evaluation of their effect for wood decay resistance10/15/10
2011The Use of Esterified Lignin for Synthesis of Durable Composites10/05/12
2012Two-Dimensional NMR Evidence for Cleavage of Lignin and Xylan Substituents in Wheat Straw Through Hydrothermal Pretreatment and Enzymatic Hydrolysis10/01/12
2009Understanding Decay Resistance, Dimensional Stability and Strength Changes in Heat Treated and Acetylated Wood06/26/09
2009Understanding decay resistance, dimensional stability and strength changes in heat-treated and acetylated wood05/16/11
2008What does Moisture-Related Durability of Wood Bonds Mean?09/07/10
2008Why Do Some Wood-Adhesive Bonds Respond Poorly To Accelerated Moisture-Resistant Tests?04/27/09
2011Wood Adhesives Vital for Producing Most Wood Products07/29/11
2010Wood Handbook, Chapter 10: Adhesives with Wood Materials- Bond Formation and Performance06/21/10
2010Wood Handbook, Chapter 19: Specialty Treatments06/21/10
2012Wood preservative testing09/17/12
2007Wood-plastic composites with reduced moisture : effects of chemical modification on durability in the laboratory and field10/15/10

Project Summaries last modified: 06-22-2011