Transmission Electron Microscopy for Wood and Fiber Analysis − A Review

Mehedi Reza, Eero Kontturi, Anna-Stiina Jääskeläinen, Tapani Vuorinen, Janne Ruokolainen

Abstract


This review describes use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in wood and fiber analysis. Analytical techniques and sample preparation methods are used to localize substructures of the cell wall polymers and are discussed in this review. The ultrastructural features of the wood cell walls, the structures formed by microfibrils, and the distribution of cell wall polymers, as revealed by TEM, are covered. Research investigating the distribution of lignin in tension and compression woods using TEM is reviewed. Different kinds of wood biodegrading enzymes localized using TEM are mentioned. Additional features of TEM, i.e., 3D imaging, analytical TEM, and electron diffraction are discussed. Lastly, a comparison between TEM and other imaging techniques used for wood and fiber research are made. Thus, this review provides insight into the contribution of TEM in wood research since its invention and demonstrates how to use it more effectively in the future.

Keywords


Cellulose microfibril; Lignin distribution; Reaction wood; TEM; Wood biodegradation; Wood cell wall

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