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Plasma Treatments to Improve the Bonding of Thermo-Treated Cherry Wood

College of Material Engineering, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350108, China
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Coatings 2019, 9(10), 656; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9100656
Received: 12 September 2019 / Revised: 5 October 2019 / Accepted: 9 October 2019 / Published: 11 October 2019
Thermal treatment can significantly improve the dimensional stability of wood, but it will decrease the bonding strength. In this work, the bonding strength of thermo-treated cherry wood boards was improved by plasma treatment. The change of wettability, surface morphology, and surface chemical property of cherry wood before and after plasma treatment was investigated by water contact angle measurement, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The plasma treatment significantly improved the wettability of thermo-treated cherry wood by decreasing its water contact angle from 109.95° to 53.18°. N2 or O2 was used as the plasma atmosphere, and it was found that N2 plasma treatment afforded cherry wood a rougher surface. The AFM roughness of cherry wood was increased from 19 nm to 31.9 nm after N2 plasma treatment. XPS results revealed an additional C–N group for N2 plasma treatment and the content of C=O, O–C–O, and O–C=O increased for O2 plasma treatment, respectively, indicating that the surface chemical property of cherry wood was modified. Due to the surface character, the bonding strength increased by 21.17% for N2 plasma treatment and 15.32% for O2 plasma treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermal treatment; plasma treatment; cherry wood; bonding strength; surface chemical property thermal treatment; plasma treatment; cherry wood; bonding strength; surface chemical property
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Zheng, Q.; Zhang, W.; Lin, H.; Yu, J.; Yang, W.; Zhang, X. Plasma Treatments to Improve the Bonding of Thermo-Treated Cherry Wood. Coatings 2019, 9, 656.

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