Microwave-assisted liquefaction of wood with polyhydric alcohols and its application in preparation of polyurethane (PU) foams

@article{Pan2011MicrowaveassistedLO,
  title={Microwave-assisted liquefaction of wood with polyhydric alcohols and its application in preparation of polyurethane (PU) foams},
  author={Hui Pan and Zhifeng Zheng and Chung Yun Hse},
  journal={European Journal of Wood and Wood Products},
  year={2011},
  volume={70},
  pages={461-470}
}
Microwave radiation was used as the heating source in southern pine wood liquefaction with PEG/glycerin binary solvent. It was found that microwave heating was more efficient than conventional oil bath heating for wood liquefaction. The wood residue content of the H2SO4 catalyzed liquefied wood dropped to zero within 5 min with microwave heating. The resulting liquefied wood polyols have suitable hydroxyl values for the preparation of rigid PU foams. Both the compressive strength and apparent… CONTINUE READING
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