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Special Issue "Wood-Moisture Relations"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Samuel L. Zelinka

US Forest Service, Building and Fire Sciences, USDA, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI 53726 USA
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Interests: Fundamental research on wood-moisture relations; Water vapor sorption, diffusion in wood; Fire performance of wood products; Fire and moisture performance of mass timber buildings
Guest Editor
Dr. Samuel V. Glass

Building and Fire Sciences, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI 53726 USA
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Interests: Wood-moisture relations; Moisture sorption kinetics and thermodynamics; Heat, air, and moisture transfer in wood-based materials; Moisture performance and durability of building envelopes
Guest Editor
Dr. Emil Engelund Thybring

University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences & Natural Resource Management, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
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Interests: Wood-moisture relations; Moisture sorption kinetics; Role of moisture in wood decay; Chemical modification of wood; Time-dependent mechanical properties of wood

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wood, like many natural materials, is hygroscopic—it takes on moisture from the surrounding environment. Moisture exchange between wood and air depends on the relative humidity and temperature of the air and the current amount of water in the wood. This moisture relationship has an important influence on wood properties and performance. Many of the challenges of using wood as an engineering material arise from changes in moisture content or an abundance of moisture within the wood. Our current understanding is based fundamentally on work carried out in the 1950s and 1960s. This Special Issue will highlight recent advances in our understanding of wood–moisture relations by leading wood–moisture relations researchers from throughout the world.

Dr. Samuel L. Zelinka
Dr. Samuel V. Glass
Dr. Emil Engelund Thybring
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • water vapor sorption isotherms
  • wood modifications
  • overhygroscopic region
  • dynamic vapor sorption (DVS)
  • diffusion
  • swelling
  • molecular dynamics
  • thermodynamics
  • kinetics

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