Special Issue "Wood Modification: Characterization, Modelling and Applications"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2021).
Interests: bio-based materials; wood modification; materials functionalization; biomimicry; multi-sensor characterization; spectroscopy; chemometrics
Wood has been recognized (again) as an attractive alternative to several traditional construction solutions, and it is often called the “building material of the 21st century”. However, compared with traditional materials, wood possesses some technical limitations and properties that, because they are less understood, remain difficult to control. The most problematic are low-dimensional stability, thermal steadiness, limited fire resistance, biotic and abiotic degradation resistance, and varying mechanical properties highly affected by the morphological structure of wood. These properties need to be improved to further enlarge wood application fields, as well as reinforce the confidence of architects, engineers, and consumers when using wood. New developments in the field of wood modification resulted in the discovery of highly innovative materials with enhanced properties for natural timber. Several of these reached the highest readiness level and are now mass-produced in high volumes. Further intensive research is in progress to discover new wood modification solutions to assure improvement of wood properties and functionality, allowing elongated service life and reducing the risk of unexpected product failure.
We would like to invite you to disseminate your latest research results by contributing to a Special Issue of the Coatings journal. This Special Issue will report on progress in enhancement of native wood properties through a wide range of chemical, biological, or physical agents. Both surface and bulk modifications are within the scope, with contributions regarding diverse aspects of surface coating especially appreciated.
In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
- Assessment and monitoring of service life performance
- Bioinspired modification methods
- Effect of materials preparation and modification procedure
- Environmental impact of treatments
- Machinability and finishing of modified wood
- Maintenance action and renovation scheduling
- Modelling and characterization methods
- Multifunctional treatments
- Novel formulations and serviceability
- Perception and marketing of modified wood
- Surface and bulk modification processes
- Understanding of deterioration processes
We are looking forward to receiving your contribution.
With sincere regards,Prof. Dr. Anna Sandak
Prof. Dr. Jakub Sandak
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