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International Journal of the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Technology of Wood

Editor-in-Chief: Faix, Oskar

Editorial Board Member: Daniel, Geoffrey / Militz, Holger / Rosenau, Thomas / Salmen, Lennart / Sixta, Herbert / Vuorinen, Tapani / Argyropoulos, Dimitris S. / Balakshin, Yu / Barnett, J. R. / Berry, Richard / Burgert, Ingo / Evans, Robert / Evtuguin, Dmitry V. / Frazier, Charles E. / Fukushima, Kazuhiko / Gellerstedt, Göran / Gindl-Altmutter, Wolfgang / Glasser, W. G. / Heitner, Cyril / Holmbom, Bjarne / Isogai, Akira / Kadla, John F. / Kleen, Marjatta / Koch, Gerald / Lachenal, Dominique / Mansfield, Shawn D. / Morrell, J.J. / Niemz, Peter / Pizzi, Antonio / Ragauskas, Arthur J. / Ralph, John / Rice, Robert W. / Salin, Jarl-Gunnar / Schmitt, Uwe / Schultz, Tor P. / Schwanninger, Manfred / Sipilä, Jussi / Tamminen, Tarja / Viikari, Liisa / Welling, Johannes / Willför, Stefan / Yoshihara, Hiroshi

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Formic Acid-Peroxyformic Acid Pulping of Aspen Wood: An Optimization Study

S. Abad / V. Santos / J. C. Parajó

Citation Information: Holzforschung. Volume 54, Issue 5, Pages 544–552, ISSN (Print) 0018-3830, DOI: 10.1515/HF.2000.092, June 2005

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Populus tremula* Populus tremuloides wood samples were subjected to three-stage pulping in formic acid media with hydrogen peroxide addition, according to the Milox process. By means of three incomplete, second-order, centered, factorial designs, the effects of selected operational variables on the composition and technical properties of pulps were assessed for optimization purposes. Under the best conditions assayed, a pulp with 2.30% lignin, 87.0 % cellulose and 3.25% xylan was obtained at 53.2% pulp yield. Good SCAN viscosity (826 ml/g), reduced Kappa number (9.0) and satisfactory alkaline resistance (R-10 = 89.0; R-18 = 91.0) proved the potentiality of the selected pulp for dissolving pulp production.

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