Chemical modification of phenol-formaldehyde resins for use as novel wood treatment agent
The scientific goal of this project is to modify phenol-formaldehyde pre-polymers and use as novel treatment agent for birch wood products to obtain improved properties. During this project the two main hypothesis will be researched:
1) Phenol-formaldehyde pre-polymer can be chemically modified by esterification using acid chlorides with different length of aliphatic chains with goal to create a new functional molecule which can be used for wood cell wall modification.
2) Birch wood products treated with modified PF pre-polymers will show improved properties compared to unmodified and conventional PF impregnated wood.
Place of project implementation – Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry (LSIWC), Dzerbenes str. 27, Riga, LV-1006 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Planned total duration of the project – 13 months.