Improved Applied Quality of Fast-Growing Poplar Derived by in-situ Formation of Itaconic Acid-Silica Sol Hybrid Polymer within Wood Hierarchical Cell Structure

Yihui Yin, Xiaoshuai Han, Chao Dang, Junwen Pu


Poplar wood (Populus euramericana cv. “I-214”) was impregnated by pulse dipping at 0.7 MPa to 0.8 MPa for 30 min with a catalyst Ln∼SO42−/TiO2–SiO2, itaconic acid, and silica sol. Then, the modifier was cured within the wood micropores during in situ polymerization via kiln drying. The treated wood exhibited increased mechanical strength and decreased hygroscopicity. The modified samples were also characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results from the FTIR analysis indicated that the itaconic acid and SiO2 polymerized with the active groups of the wood cell wall. The TGA revealed that the crosslinking reaction between the modifier and wood enhanced the thermal stability of the composite. Lastly, the SEM results indicated the presence of the good interfacial adhesion in the wood modifier between the wood fibers and polymer.


Wood; Itaconic acid; SiO2; Esterification; In situ polymerization

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