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Topochemistry of heat-treated and N-methylol melamine-modified wood of koto (Pterygota macrocarpa K. Schum.) and limba (Terminalia superba Engl. et. Diels)

  • Karl-Christian Mahnert , Stergios Adamopoulos , Gerald Koch and Holger Militz EMAIL logo
From the journal Holzforschung


To broaden the knowledge about the chemical changes at the cell wall level of differently modified tropical hardwoods, heat-treated and N-methylol melamine (NMM)-treated samples of koto (Pterygota macrocarpa) and limba (Terminalia superba) were prepared. UV microspectrophotometry (UMSP) was applied at 278 and 240 nm as specific wavelengths to analyze chemical alterations of the samples caused by heat and NMM treatment, respectively. The absorbance of koto exceeded that of limba before and after treatment, potentially due to the higher extractive content of the former. Regardless of the wood species, the absorbance of the samples increased with increasing intensity of the NMM treatment. Additionally, the absorbance of lignin within the spectrum of 230–350 nm was altered due to the NMM treatment. The functionality of applying specific wavelengths for the analysis of different modification methods of wood was proven. However, the comparison with literature did not show differences in the absorbance, which could be assigned to the characteristics of tropical hardwoods.

Corresponding author: Holger Militz, Wood Biology and Wood Products, Burckhardt-Institute, Georg August University of Göttingen, Büsgenweg 4, 37077 Göttingen, Germany, Phone: +49-551-393558, Fax: +49-551-399646

Received: 2012-2-3
Accepted: 2012-8-9
Published Online: 2012-09-04
Published in Print: 2013-02-01

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