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Fiber and Chemical Sciences Research

Project Title :  Wood Fiber and Chemical Products
Project Number : FPL-4709-3B
Status : NEW
Start Date : 10-01-2012
End Date : 09-30-2019


View the 40 publications associated with this project.

Umesh AgarwalPrincipal Investigator:
Umesh P. Agarwal

Non Technical Summary
The US Forest Service faces high costs of forest management to remove small diameter trees that increase fire risk in overgrown forests, invasive tree species that are crowding out native trees, and insect killed, and diseased trees. The US paper industry is the largest user and highest value user of small diameter trees and other waste wood and this value mitigates the cost of forest management. In addition to demonstrating the suitability of suppressed growth trees, decayed trees and non-native species for paper applications, this problem area includes high value by-products and development of environmentally preferable pulping and bleaching processes including waste paper recycle and deinking. Specific tasks of interest including wood chemical characterization methods using Raman spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy that can help understand changes in the major chemical components of wood (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) during biorefinery pretreatmenst and the chemical methods for isolating cellulose nano-materials. A second task area is to use modern instrumental methods to identify very low-concentration compounds produced by the trees with the thought that many of these complex molecules are biologically active and can serve as precursors for drug development and other high value chemical needs.


Objectives Summary
Improve the understanding of fundamental wood chemistry and wood chemicals with objectives of improving the processes for producing wood fiber for paper and particleboard, and enhancing the value of both traditional and novel tree-sourced chemicals. The wood fiber component of the objectives incudes research support on critical problems in the traditional paper industry: pulping, bleaching and recycle. The fundamental wood chemistry of this problem area supports the process and product development work of problem area 1B on biorefinery, and problem area 2B on cellulose nano-materials.


Approach Summary
Methods Not Available.

Publications associated with this Project

Publication YearTitleDate Posted
20141064nm FT-Raman spectroscopy for investigations of plant cell walls and other biomass materials09/25/14
2013Hydrogen peroxide and caustic soda: Dancing with a dragon while bleaching09/06/13
2016Acridine Orange Indicates Early Oxidation of Wood Cell Walls by Fungi09/07/16
2019Analysis of cellulose and lignocellulose materials by Raman spectroscopy: A review of the current status09/26/19
2014Anthraquinone - A Review of the Rise and Fall of a Pulping Catalyst10/30/14
2014Anthraquinone-A Review of the Rise and Fall of a Pulping Catalyst09/26/14
2014Anthraquinone-A review of the rise and fall of a pulping catalyst06/05/15
2014Anthraquinone-A Review of the Rise and Fall of a Pulping Catalyst09/26/14
2014Anthraquinone-A review of the rise and fall of a pulping catalyst06/05/15
2014Catalysis: A Potential Alternative to Kraft Pulping10/30/14
2014Catalysis: A Potential Alternative to Kraft Pulping05/03/16
2013Chapter 6: New Products and Product Categories in the Global Forest Sector02/03/14
2012Chapter 7:Mineral Scale Management01/10/13
2017Characterization of extractives in durable and non-durable hardwoods: Black locust, Catalpa, and Honey mesquite12/13/17
2017Comparative characterization of extractives in Alaskan Yellow, Eastern Red, and Western Red Cedars12/13/17
2017Comparative study of fungal deterioration in Liquidambar orientalis mill heartwood extractives10/05/17
2014Effect of Fusiform Rust (Cronartium quercuum f.sp. fusiforme) on the Composition of Loblolly Pine Lignin07/18/14
2018Effect of pulper consistency on stickies size distribution09/30/19
2017Effect of sample moisture content on XRD-estimated cellulose crystallinity index and crystallite size06/28/17
2013Estimation of Cellulose Crystallinity of Lignocelluloses Using Near-IR FT-Raman Spectroscopy and Comparison of the Raman and Segal-WAXS Methods08/15/13
2015Estimation of S/G ratio in woods using 1064 nm FT-Raman spectroscopy09/25/15
2019Estimation of syringyl units in wood lignins by FT-Raman spectroscopy08/23/19
2013Evaluation of Fungal Deterioration in Liquidambar orientalis Mill. heartwood by FT-IR and light microscopy10/24/13
2014Inter-laboratory comparisons of hexenuronic acid measurements in kraft eucalyptus pulps using a UV-Vis spectroscopic method03/26/14
2015Mountain pine beetle infestation: GCxGCTOFMS and GC-MS of lodgepole pine (pinus contorta) acetone extractives05/19/16
2015Naturally p-Hydroxybenzoylated Lignins in Palms09/15/15
2018New cellulose crystallinity estimation method that differentiates between organized and crystalline phases08/08/18
2012Polyacrylates with High Biomass Contents for Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives Prepared via Mini-emulsion Polymerization09/05/13
2011Polyoxometalate Delignification of Birch Kraft Pulp and Effect on Residual Lignin06/06/11
2016Probing crystallinity of never-dried wood cellulose with Raman spectroscopy01/07/16
2018Processing bulk natural wood into a high-performance structural material03/29/18
2012Ring profiler: a new method for estimating tree-ring density for improved estimates of carbon storage02/06/13
2019Size distribution analysis of microstickies treated by enzyme mixtures in papermaking whitewater10/01/19
2017Superflexible Wood10/05/17
2013Surface Enrichment by Conventional and Polymerizable Sulfated Nonylphenol Ethoxylate Emulsifiers in Water-Based Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive09/06/13
2016Techniques for characterizing lignin09/22/16
2015The effect of polarity of extractives on the durability of wood05/19/16
2013Timber Bamboo Pulp09/06/13
2013Time-domain NMR study of the drying of hemicellulose extracted aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.)08/13/13
2018Water retention value for characterizing fibrillation degree of cellulosic fibers at micro and nanometer scales11/28/18

Project Summaries last modified: 08-22-2018