Keeping Up with the Latest Research in Wood Preservation, Diagnostics and Reuse

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 January 2025 | Viewed by 67

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Earth Sciences Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: porous systems; nanoparticles; hydrogels; biowaste valorization; circular economy; biopolymers; cultural heritage; wood and wood derivatives; nuclear magnetic resonance; NMR-diffusion; NMR-imaging

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Department of Wood Science and Thermal Techniques, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poznań, Poland
Interests: wood structure; wood composition; wood characterisation; wood conservation; wood preservation; waterlogged archaeological wood; structure–function relationships; wood decay; organosilicons in wood conservation; wood modification
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Istituto Dei Sistemi Complessi, Rome, Rome, Italy
Interests: normal aging; cancer detection; osteoporosis; porous systems; microstructural detection in porous system; 19F imaging; medical diagnosis; diagnosis and conservation of cultural heritage; NMR; MRI; MRS; diffusion MRI; non-Gaussian diffusion metrics; anomalous diffusion

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The BioComposites Centre, Bangor University, Bangor, UK
Interests: wood chemistry; wood decay; wood modification; wood protection; viscoelasticity; macromolecular effects in the cell wall; wood anatomy; mechanical properties; fluid flow
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wood is a natural, renewable material composed mainly of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin. It was one of the first materials used for shelter, tools, and weapons in the time of the earliest hominids. Consequently, a wide range of archaeological wood samples are excavated or retrieved each year, and they require careful preservation, stabilization, and storage or display. From a sustainability perspective, increasingly green and biocompatible restoration procedures of ancient wood objects are being developed by experts in conservation to preserve wood heritage for future generations. These practices involve the use of sustainable wood-derived products, such as lignin- and cellulose-based consolidating materials. Furthermore, today, the challenge is the extension of the life cycle of wood products and the regeneration of wood waste in recycling processes. This is coupled with the need to conserve wood in heritage structures or refurbish timber within buildings of cultural significance.

This Special Issue will provide an overview of recent advances in non-invasive and non-destructive diagnostic techniques for wood; innovative and biocompatible procedures that use wood by-products for the restoration of archaeological/historical wood; new green materials for wood preservation or conservation, especially considering treatments that recycle/reuse wood waste and plant biomass; and the production of valuable wood derivatives both for cultural heritage applications and other fields.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Non-invasive and non-destructive wood diagnostic techniques;
  • Wood heritage preservation;
  • Green conservation products for archaeological/historical wood;
  • Recycling of wood waste and plant biomass;
  • New wood derivatives;
  • Lignocellulosic materials for heritage restoration;
  • Biocompatible nanomaterials for wood treatment;
  • Antimicrobial materials for wood conservation;

Dr. Valeria Stagno
Dr. Magdalena Broda
Dr. Silvia Capuani
Dr. Morwenna Spear
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  • sustainable products for wood conservation
  • green preservation of wood
  • non-invasive wood diagnostics
  • recycling of wood waste
  • wood derivatives
  • circular economy
  • lignocellulosic materials
  • diagnostic and conservation of archaeological/historical wood

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