A contact angle analysis of wood composite, a drop coming to the wood surface.

Project: Application of renewable hydrophobic formulations for wood composite panel manufacturing

The project aims at expanding the competencies and transferring knowledge between academia and the wood industry for enhancing the effectiveness of bio-based additives and adhesives for manufacturing sustainable wood composite panels.

Project information

Project manager
Reza Hosseinpourpia
Other project members
Thomas Walther
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, IKEA of Sweden AB, IKEA Industry AB
Vinnova (Mobility for innovation, learning and knowledge exchange for a sustainable industry 2022)
18 Nov 2022–17 Nov 2023
Forestry and Wood Technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

The wood furniture industry has a strong interest in reducing its dependence on fossil-based materials. This is due not only to the escalating global crisis for fossil-based sources but also to alarming climate change, and stricter legislation on the use of carcinogenic raw materials. However, using environmentally friendly additives and adhesives from renewable resources is challenging due to issues mainly related to their performance, cost, and appropriate functionality.

This project aims to develop and extend knowledge transfer between academia and industry to explore the optimal conditions for the application of the newly developed renewable hydrophobic formulation for the production of wood composite panels.