05 Jun. 2014|
Wood materials science,backyard patio pergola designs,making wood chairs,plans for building deck furniture - For Outdoors
Chemical modification of wood aims at making wood inert to various types of degradation, e.g. The cellular, stiff and porous structure of wood is ideal for deposition of compounds with novel functionalities otherwise unknown to wood.
This combination of wood with other materials offers an endless range of opportunities for making hybrid materials, tailored to specific applications.
Furthermore, uptake or release of water causes significant dimensional instability of wood which presents a challenge for construction applications.
For instance, wood may be given magnetic properties by deposition of magnetic nanoparticles or serve as a natural scaffold in switchable membranes. Our pioneering research focuses on exploring the wide range of novel functionalities that can be incorporated into wood.
The second approach aims at transferring concepts of bio-mineralization for inserting minerals into the wood structure which can be used for various material optimizations.