Carmen-Mihaela Popescu

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The main difficulties in wood and pulp analyses arise principally from their numerous components with different chemical structures. Therefore, the basic problem in a specific analytical procedure may be the selective separation of the main carbohydrate-derived components from lignin due to their chemical association and structural coexistence. The(More)
In this study the weathering behavior of lime wood (Tillia cordata Mill.) has been examined using FT-IR and 2D IR correlation spectroscopy, which evidenced chemical changes induced by exposure to weathering conditions. It was showed that lignin is most sensitive component to the photodegradation processes as indicated by considerable decreases in the(More)
X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and solid-state cross-polarization magic-angle-spinning (CP/MAS) (13)C-NMR spectroscopy were applied to determine changes over time in the morphology and crystallinity of lime wood (Tilia cordata Miller) generated by the soft-rot fungi. Wood samples were inoculated with Trichoderma viride Pers for(More)
The weathering of acrylic films and acrylic-coated lime wood (Tillia cordata Mill.) were examined using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and two-dimensional infrared correlation spectroscopy. The obtained results showed chemical changes induced by exposure to weathering conditions, in both films and coated wood. The observed spectral changes of the(More)
The modifications and/or degradation of lime (Tillia cordata) wood components during wood heat treatment under low temperature at about 140°C and 10% percentage of relative humidity were evaluated. The aim of this study was to obtain results by simple NIR coupled with second derivative, principal component analysis and two dimensional correlation(More)
The effect of the thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) densification in a closed system on the set recovery and thermal stability of lime (Tilia cordata) wood was evaluated. The THM densification process consists of four steps: plastification, densification, post-treatment and cooling. The THM-densified wood samples were subjected to three different post-treatment(More)
The effects of the soft-rot fungus Trichoderma viride Pers., on the thermal behavior of lime wood (Tillia cordata Mill.) were investigated. The lime wood pieces were inoculated with the fungus over a 12-week period. At pre-established time intervals two samples were withdrawn from the medium and analyzed by thermogravimetry and differential calorimetry, and(More)
Spruce and beech samples were irradiated by UV light in humid (100% air humidity) and dry conditions to clarify the effects of vapor on photodegradation. UV-irradiated samples were also soaked in distilled water for comparison. The color change and the IR absorption spectra were measured. The wet condition generated considerably greater discoloration than(More)
Spruce wood samples were subjected to different conditions of thermal and hydro-thermal treatment by varying the temperature, relative humidity and period of exposure. The obtained treated samples were evaluated using near infrared spectroscopy (NIR), principal component analysis (PCA) and hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) in order to evidence the(More)
A series of experiments were carried out to investigate the photodegradation of lime wood (Tilia cordata Mill.) coated with acrylic copolymer during artificial UV/Vis light irradiation for 600 h. Photodegradation of the Paraloid B72 films and Paraloid B72 treated lime wood samples was evaluated by thermogravimetry throughout the irradiation period of 100 h.(More)
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