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Title: Acetylation

Author: Rowell, Roger M.;

Date: 2006

Source: Forest products journal. Vol. 56, no. 9 (Sept. 2006): pages 4-12.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Wood was designed after millions of years of evolution, to perform in a wet environment, and nature is programmed to recycle it, in a timely way, back to the basic building blocks of carbon dioxide and water through biological, thermal, aqueous, photochemical, chemical, and mechanical degredations. We learned to use wood, accepting that it changes dimensions with changing moisture content (MC), decomposes by a wide variety of macro-and micro- organisms, burns, and is degraded by acids, bases and ultraviolet energy. The chemistry of wood has been gradually revealed based on observations over thousands of years.

Keywords: Acetylation, wood chemistry, wood moisture, deterioration, acetic acid, modified wood, acetic anhydride, acetylated wood, chemical modification of wood

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Rowell, Roger M. 2006. Acetylation. Forest products journal. Vol. 56, no. 9 (Sept. 2006): pages 4-12.


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