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Cellulose as a renewable resource for the synthesis of wood consolidants

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  • Giacomo Cipriani,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica Ugo Schiff and Consorzio per i Sistemi a Grande Interfase (CSGI), Università degli Studi di Firenze, Via della Lastruccia 3/13, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino Firenze (FI), Italy
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  • Antonella Salvini,

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    1. Dipartimento di Chimica Ugo Schiff and Consorzio per i Sistemi a Grande Interfase (CSGI), Università degli Studi di Firenze, Via della Lastruccia 3/13, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino Firenze (FI), Italy
    • Dipartimento di Chimica Ugo Schiff and Consorzio per i Sistemi a Grande Interfase (CSGI), Università degli Studi di Firenze, Via della Lastruccia 3/13, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino Firenze (FI), Italy
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  • Piero Baglioni,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica Ugo Schiff and Consorzio per i Sistemi a Grande Interfase (CSGI), Università degli Studi di Firenze, Via della Lastruccia 3/13, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino Firenze (FI), Italy
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  • Erica Bucciarelli

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica Ugo Schiff and Consorzio per i Sistemi a Grande Interfase (CSGI), Università degli Studi di Firenze, Via della Lastruccia 3/13, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino Firenze (FI), Italy
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Abstract

Crosslinkable cellulose ethers as allyl cellulose, allyl carboxymethyl cellulose, and allyl n-hydroxypropyl cellulose were synthesized and characterized, and their use as consolidating agents for waterlogged wood was studied. For this kind of application, structural properties similar to those of wood's polysaccharide components are desired in the design stage of new consolidants. The choice to synthesize cellulose ethers was determined from the possibility of using cellulose as the starting material because of its large availability in nature, biocompatibility, and low cost. In addition, cellulose ethers are quite easy to obtain, and they can have different properties, depending on the nature and the amount of the functional groups introduced. For this purpose, a cellulose with a lower degree of polymerization was also used for the synthesis of related cellulose ethers. By means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, the affinity of the cellulose derivatives for degraded lignin flours was detected. The preliminary results of this study show that these polysaccharide compounds may be proposed as wood consolidating agents. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010

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