Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 405–415 | Cite as

Dimensional stabilization of wood treated with furfuryl alcohol catalysed by borates

  • Ergun BaysalEmail author
  • S. Kiyoka Ozaki
  • Mustafa Kemal Yalinkilic


Furfuryl alcohol has a sufficiently small molecular size, which allows impregnation into wood and can be polymerized in the cell walls. Polymerization can be accomplished using a catalyst, heat or penetrating radiation. This research illustrates a natural wood polymer composite (NWPC) that was obtained under the catalytic effect of borates. Furfuryl alcohol (FA) and borates were mixed at different ratios before treatment. When borates alone are used, they were totally leached from wood after cyclic leaching periods. However, this was not encountered with the mixture of furfuryl alcohol and borates. Furfuryl alcohol considerably improved antiswelling efficiency by about 85% for both Japanese cedar ( Cryptomeria japonica) and Scots pine ( Pinus sylvestris L.) wood specimens. Results of the leaching tests of borate indicated that boric acid readily lost its boron content in the early cycles of the leaching periods and the highest leaching rate of boron was observed at the first leaching cycle (512 ppm). When furfuryl alcohol mixed with borates, boron was released to the leaching water at slower amounts, suggesting the possibility of longer protection of treated wood in service.


Boron Japanese Cedar Treated Wood Wood Specimen Furfuryl Alcohol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ergun Baysal
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Kiyoka Ozaki
    • 2
  • Mustafa Kemal Yalinkilic
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Technical Education Muğla UniversityKotekliTurkey
  2. 2.University of Sao Paulo-USP-IFSCSao Carlos-SPBrazil

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