Special Issue "Mode of Action of Chemical and Thermal Wood Modification Techniques"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Wood Science and Forest Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2023) | Viewed by 312

Special Issue Editors

Wood Biology and Wood Products, University of Goettingen, DE-37077 Goettingen, Germany
Interests: wood modification; mode of action; wood chemistry; wood-water relations; fire protection; impregnation; durability; coatings; dyes; gluing; mechanical testing; process technologies; timber drying; weathering performance; wood preservation
Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie, Alimentari, Ambientali e Forestali (DAGRI), University of Florence, IT-50144 Florence, Italy
Interests: materials; material characterization; wood modification; mechanical properties and testing; heat treatment; advanced materials; materials processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

its unique properties and low weight-to-strength ratio make wood one of the most important renewable resources to fulfil increasing demands for sustainable, carbon-storing construction materials. Nevertheless, the majority of wood species tend to degrade through interactions with microorganisms, water and UV radiation and suffer from a high fire hazard. Thus, the building sector strongly requests technologies that lower such mechanisms and may extend the service lives of wood products in exterior and/or structural applications. Globally, the increasing ban of highly effective wood preservatives has drawn attention to non-biocidal wood protection technologies, referred to as ‘wood modifications’. In  recent decades, a variety of modification techniques have been studied, but only some have been commercialized. Similarity, there is a lack of knowledge of how wood modifications actually affect wood properties.

This Special Issue, entitled “Mode of Action of Chemical and Thermal Wood Modification Techniques”, plans to provide an overview of the most recent developments and research activities in the field of chemical and thermal wood modification techniques, and specifically, on how these modifications affect changes in wood properties (‘mode of action’). At present, various wood modifications have been proposed to trigger changes in wood properties. However, for many of these technologies, why wood properties actually change remains unclear. Thus, knowledge about the mode of action (chemical, physical, anatomical or functional factor) of these treatments is still lacking.

For this Special Issue, we encourage authors to contribute with research and review papers that address the gaps in our understanding of existing and novel wood modification techniques. Innovative modification approaches for improving the performance of wood and wood-based composites—specifically but, not limited to, durability, wood-water interactions, weathering, esthetics and fire protection in interior and exterior applications—are being sought, including process and method developments as well as experimental studies.

Dr. Lukas Emmerich
Dr. Giacomo Goli
Guest Editors

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  • chemical wood modification
  • thermal wood modification
  • durability
  • moisture
  • fire protection
  • mode of action
  • solid wood
  • wood-based composites
  • novel wood materials
  • renewable resources

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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