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 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 Financier Vinnova (hypotesprövning steg 1 inom BioInnovation: nyskapande projekt med högre risk) Timetable 1 May 2019-31 Oct 2019 Subject Forestry and Wood Technology (Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Faculty of Technology)
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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.