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Wood Research and Technology


Cellulose – Hemicelluloses – Lignin – Wood Extractives

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Volume 62, Issue 1


Degradation of polyethylene glycol and hemicellulose in the Vasa

Gunnar Almkvist / Ingmar Persson
Published Online: 2007-12-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HF.2008.009


Mass spectrometric analysis of aqueous wood extracts from the Swedish warship Vasa reveals a serious chemical condition in the depth of the wood. The surface is less affected. Polyethylene glycol, used as conservation agent, is affected and partly degraded, and low-molecular fragments from hemicellulose are found at sites with high iron content and low pH. These findings imply a catalytic oxidative process and acidic hydrolysis in the wood, which contributes to a new picture of the challenge of long-term preservation of the Vasa.

Keywords: catalytic oxidation; hemicelluloses; hydrolysis; matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF); polyethylene glycol; Vasa; wood degradation

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Corresponding author. Department of Chemistry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 7015, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden

Received: 2007-03-21

Accepted: 2007-10-01

Published Online: 2007-12-05

Published in Print: 2008-01-01

Citation Information: Holzforschung, Volume 62, Issue 1, Pages 64–70, ISSN (Online) 1437434X, ISSN (Print) 00183830, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HF.2008.009.

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