Special Issue "Nanotechnology and Wood Science II"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanofabrication and Nanomanufacturing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2023 | Viewed by 109

Special Issue Editor

Laboratory of Wood Science - Chemistry & Technology, Department of Forestry & Natural Environment, School of Geotechnical Sciences, International Hellenic University, Thermi, Greece
Interests: wood; wood composites; lignocellulosic materials; chemical and thermal modification technologies; nanotechnology and nanomaterilas; adhesives
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Following the success of the first edition of the Special Issue of Nanomaterials entitled “Nanotechnology and Wood Science”, in which a total of 6 papers were published (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nanomaterials/special_issues/wood_sci), we are delighted to announce the launch of a second edition.

The fibrous nature of wood has made it an appropriate and versatile raw material with a variety of uses. However, two properties restrict its much wider use: dimensional changes when subjected to fluctuating humidity and susceptibility to biodegradation by microorganisms. Conventional wood impregnation methods (water- or oil-type preservatives) are based primarily on the use of toxic chemicals. Environmental concerns, particularly with regard to the disposal of treated wood at the end of product life, are now causing restrictions to be imposed upon the utilization of conventional chemical treatments. Chemical and thermal modification represent alternative methods of enhancing the durability of wood and other lignocellulosic materials without the use of conventional biocides and improving their dimensional stability. However, the cost of such treatments still remains remarkably high.

One option for improving the hygroscopicity and the biological durability of both solid wood and wood-based panels is to exploit the solutions that nanotechnology can offer. Employing nanotechnology on wood could result in a new generation of products with elite performances and superior service ability when used in severe environments, especially since it is well known that the cell wall of wood exhibits porosity of molecular-scale dimensions due to the partial filling of space between the cellulose microfibrils by lignin, hemicelluloses and extractives. The small size nanoparticles of such nanotechnology compounds can deeply penetrate into the wood, effectively alter its surface chemistry, and result in a high degree of protection against moisture and decay. This Issue seeks high-quality works and topics that focus on the latest approaches to the development and application of nanomaterials to both solid wood and wood products to enhance their properties.

Prof. Dr. Antonios N. Papadopoulos
Guest Editor

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  • wood
  • wood-based panels
  • nanotechnology
  • nanomaterials
  • decay
  • hygroscopicity

Published Papers

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