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Keywords:

  • lignin;
  • cellulose;
  • FTIR spectroscopy;
  • DRIFT;
  • softwood;
  • hardwood

Abstract

Hard and softwood and wood constituent polymers (cellulose and lignin) were studied using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The hollocellulose-to-lignin ratio was estimated for some of the timber species. The structural difference between Klason lignin isolated from softwood (Pinus roxberghii and cupressus lusitanica) and hard wood (Acacia auriculaeformis and Eucalyptus tereticornis) species was studied. © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 71: 1969–1975, 1999