Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 627–644 | Cite as

Chemical emissions from adhesive-bonded wood products at elevated temperatures

  • Yucheng Peng
  • Sheldon Q. ShiEmail author
  • Leonard Ingram


Pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) was employed to examine the chemical emissions from the glued wood samples at elevated temperatures (150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, and 500°C). Two wood species, Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and southern pine (Pinus palustris), one structural adhesive, phenol–resorcinol–formaldehyde (PRF), PRF-bonded Douglas-fir, and PRF-bonded southern pine were evaluated. The volatile compounds with a mass range of 35–300 m/z emitted from the pyrolysis samples were separated by gas chromatography (GC) and identified by mass spectrometry (MS). The results indicated that compared to neat wood and resin film samples, several additional pyrolysis products were observed for the PRF-bonded wood samples including (1) acetaldehyde and butanedial for PRF-bonded Douglas-fir and (2) acetaldehyde, furfural, 2-furanmethanol, butanedial, 2,3-butanedione, cyclopropyl carbinol, 1,2-benzenediol, and 1-(acetyloxy)-2-propanone for PRF-bonded southern pine. These additional compounds were possibly associated with the interaction between wood and PRF resin. The results also indicated that bonded wood products would be less thermally stable than those of neat wood and PRF resin samples.


Furfural Pyrolysis Product Levoglucosan Urea Formaldehyde Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Advanced Structures and Composites CenterUniversity of MaineOronoUSA
  2. 2.Forest Products Department, Forest and Wildlife Research CenterMississippi State UniversityMississippi StateUSA

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