Acetylation of lignocellulosic materials

IRG/WP 3516

P Larsson, A-M Tillman

A simplified procedure for the acetylation of lignocellulosic materials has been developed. The acetylation is done with a limited amount of liquid acetic anhydride without the addition of a catalyst or an organic co-solvent. Dimensional stability and biological resistance are both much improved by the acetylation. Equilibrium moisture content in acetylated material is considerably lower than in unmodified material. No reduction of bending strength was found for acetylated solid wood samples. The process can be employed for both fibers, wood particles and solid wood. The process is applicable to hardwoods and softwoods, including solid spruce wood, and to non-wood fibers such as jute.


Keywords: ACETYLATION; DIMENSIONAL STABILITY; MOE; PICEA ABIES; STRENGTH; BENDING TESTS; BIODEGRADATION; PARTICLEBOARDS; PINUS SYLVESTRIS

Conference: 89-05-22/26 Lappeenranta, Finland


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