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Project: Renewable hydrophobing agents for fibreboards based on tall oil

The project aims at preparing and testing 100 % renewable formulations that are based on tall oil for effective water-repellence of fibreboards, as a cheaper and sustainable replacement of wax emulsions used today in the industry.

Project information

Project manager
Stergios Adamopoulos
Other project members
Reza Hosseinpourpia and Wen Jiang, Linnaeus University
Thomas Walther, IKEA Industry AB; Valeri Naydenov, SunPine AB
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, IKEA Industry AB, SunPine AB
Vinnova (hypotesprövning steg 1 inom BioInnovation: nyskapande projekt med högre risk)
1 May 2019-31 Oct 2019
Forestry and Wood Technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

Preliminary findings have indicated a great potential for using tall oil and its refined derivatives instead of wax, for enhancing the water resistance and inter-fibre strength of cellulosic fibres. It is thus hypothesised that the effects can be transferred to commercial fibre-based products such as fibreboards. Following a two-step approach, a preliminary high-risky research is needed to reveal further possibilities to implement and validate promising results in the industrial production of high density fibreboards.