Surface chemical analysis and water vapour sorpion of thermally modified wood exposed to increased relative humidity
2015 (English)In: The Eighth European Conference on Wood Modification (ECWM8) 2015 / [ed] Mark Hughes, Lauri Rautkari, Tuuli Uimonen, Holger Militz and Brigitte Junge, 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
The increased interest in environmentally friendly building materials is accompanied with an increased need for research on thermally modified wood. Products made from recycling or reusing of thermally modified residuals will have advantages in terms of environmental aspects. Surface characteristics of thermally modified wood play an important role for the development of applications involving bonding processes, for example when using thermally modified wood residuals in biocomposites. Surface chemistry characteristics are important in developing such materials. A technique used for surface chemical analysis of the outermost surface is X‑ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Some surface chemical analyses of wood and modified wood can be found in Nzokou and Kamdem (2005), Inari et al. (2006), Bryne et al. (2010), Johansson et al. (2012), Rautkari et al. (2012). Furthermore, the influence of water and moisture has crucial effect on the properties of wood and wood products. Water vapour sorption properties of hygroscopic materials can be studied using a dynamic vapour sorption (DVS) instrument. Previous studies on thermally modified wood exposed to several sorption cycles using DVS have shown an increase in hysteresis during the first cycle, compared with unmodified wood (Hill et al., 2012). However, during the second and the third sorption cycle a reduction in sorption hysteresis was observed.
The objective of this work was to study the surface chemical composition and water vapour sorption properties of thermally modified wood. In particular, an effort was made to study any influence on such properties due to a previous exposure to a high relative humidity (RH). Interpretations of the results indicate a decrease of extractable or volatile organic components and a relative increase of non-extractable components, for the high humidity-exposed samples. This could be due to remaining extractives migrating towards or redistribution at the wood surface layer as a result of moisture diffusion. The DVS results show that the thermally modified wood samples that had been exposed to the high relative humidity condition revealed a slight decrease of the hysteresis of the sorption isotherms. The opposite trend was furthermore seen for the unmodified wood.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-190604OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-190604DiVA: diva2:952289
The Eighth European Conference on Wood Modification (ECWM8) 2015
Stiftelsen Nils och Dorthi Troëdssons forskningsfond (Projektnr 793/12 Hydro-termo-mekanisk modifiering av trä)
the Swedish Research Council Formas (project EnWoBio 2014-172)
COST Action FP0904
QC 201608222016-08-122016-08-122016-08-22Bibliographically approved