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Cellulose – Hemicelluloses – Lignin – Wood Extractives

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Volume 58, Issue 5


Application of confocal Raman spectroscopy for the topochemical distribution of lignin and cellulose in plant cell walls of beech wood (Fagus sylvatica L.) compared to UV microspectrophotometry

Thomas Röder / Gerald Koch
  • Institute of Wood Biology and Wood Protection, Federal Research Centre of Forestry and Forest Products, Hamburg, Germany
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Published Online: 2005-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HF.2004.072


In a comparative study, the topochemical distribution of lignin in individual cell wall layers of beech wood tissue was determined by confocal Raman spectroscopy and scanning UV microspectrophotometry. The Raman technique was additionally applied to the determination of cellulose content in individual wall layers. In good agreement, the two methods showed maxima of lignin distribution in middle lamellae and cell corners, along with a minimum of cellulose content.

Keywords: cellulose; confocal Raman spectroscopy; lignin; scanning UV microspectrophotometry; wood

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Corresponding author. Department Zellstoff-Forschung, Lenzing AG, Werksstrasse 1, A-4860 Lenzing, Austria. Phone: +43-7672-701-3082, Fax: +43-7672-918-3082, E-mail:

Received: September 3, 2003

Published Online: 2005-06-01

Published in Print: 2004-08-01

Citation Information: Holzforschung, Volume 58, Issue 5, Pages 480–482, ISSN (Print) 0018-3830, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HF.2004.072.

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