Special Issue "Nanotechnology and Wood Science"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: wood; wood composites; lignocellulosic materials; chemical and thermal modification technologies; nanotechnology and nanomaterilas; adhesives
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Special Issue in Applied Sciences: Advanced Technologies in Wood Science
Special Issue in Polymers: Advances in Wood Composites II
Special Issue in Materials: Sustainable Natural Materials for Engineering Application
The fibrous nature of wood has made it one of the most appropriate and versatile raw materials for a variety of uses. However, two properties restrict its much wider use: dimensional changes when subjected to fluctuating humidity and susceptibility to biodegradation by microorganisms. Conventional wood impregnation methods (water or oil type preservatives) are based primarily on the use of toxic chemicals. Environmental concerns, particularly with regard to the disposal of treated wood at the end of product life, are now causing restrictions to be imposed upon the utilization of conventional chemical treatments. An alternative method of enhancing the durability of wood and other lignocellulosic materials without the use of conventional biocides and improving its dimensional stability is chemical or thermal modification. However, the cost of such a treatment still remains remarkably high. An option to improve the hygroscopicity and the biological durability of both solid wood and wood-based panels is to exploit the solutions that nanotechnology can offer. Employing nanotechnology on wood can result in a next generation of products having hyper-performance and superior service ability when used in severe environments, since it is well known that the cell wall of wood exhibits porosity of molecular scale dimensions due to the partial filling of space between the cellulose microfibrils by lignin, hemicelluloses and extractives. The small size nanoparticles of such nanotechnology compounds can deeply penetrate into the wood, effectively alter its surface chemistry, and result in a high protection against moisture and decay. This Special Issue, Nanotechnology and Wood Science, seeks high-quality works and topics focusing on the latest approaches on the development and applications of nanomaterials to both solid wood and wood products to enhance their properties.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Antonios Papadopoulos
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- wood-based panels