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New functions for wood

Project Leader
Gindl-Altmutter Wolfgang, Project Leader
COMET - K1-Zentren
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Frey Amon Holz GmbH, 2041 Hetzmannsdorf, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Fritz Egger Gmbh, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Scheucher Holzindustrie GmbH, 1230 Wien, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Team 7, 4910 Ried im Innkreis, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Weitzer Holding GmbH, Klammstrasse 24a, 8160 Weiz, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Veigel Stefan, Project Staff
Konnerth Johannes, Project Staff
Liebner Falk, Project Staff
Czabany Ivana, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Chemistry of Renewable Resources
Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Materials
Funded by
This strategic project focuses on novel modification and functionalization methods for wood and other lignocellulosic materials leading to reduced emissions, hard wearing surfaces and tailored properties for indoor and outdoor applications. Regarding solid wood, the natural feel and optic of solid wood should be retained. Furthermore, undesired emissions or leaching effects have to be avoided. The creation of extremely water repellent super-hydrophobic wood surfaces (characterized by water contact angles higher than 150° and sliding angles lower than 10°) is one novel, promising strategy. Environmental friendly or bio-based substances shall be applied in order to meet customer demands as well as legal or voluntary regulations (e.g. eco-labels). Sharply reduced water uptake could improve the performance of wood both in outdoor weathering and critical indoor applications and the service life could be prolonged.
In conclusion it is claimed that: novel methods of functionalization lead to enhanced material properties regarding hydrophobicity, colouring, UV-stability, durability, emissions and mechanical performance of wood.
Wood research; Wood technology; Wood industry;
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