Polyborate ions influence on the durability of wood treated with non-toxic protein borate preservatives

Thévenon Marie-France, Pizzi Antonio. 2003. Polyborate ions influence on the durability of wood treated with non-toxic protein borate preservatives. Holz als Roh- und Werkstoff, 61 : pp. 457-464.

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Abstract : 11B NMR spectra of the reaction products present in solutions of boric acid and protein such as albumin were done to determine the boron species present in protein borate wood preservatives. At acid pHs only the undissociated H3BO3 at 20 ppm occurs, while at alkaline pH the signals of the charged and uncharged boron atoms at 16 ppm and 12.6-13.7 ppm of the three ionic species [B(OH)4]-, [B303(OH)4]-, [B303(OH)5]2- occur. A third much smaller intensity signal at 1.7-1.8 ppm due to the reaction of a polyborate compound with the protein is also present. Application of heat causes a relative increase in the proportion of the latter two signals indicating both an increase of charged structures in solution and of the proportion of boron ions having reacted with the protein, the higher temperature having increased its solubility. This is compared and related to the effectiveness of albumin borate at different pHs and in relation to the different extent of leaching of boron species in both laboratory and field trial experiments. Both laboratory and field trials are reported. This is also related to previous findings as regards the effectiveness of proteins of different isoelectric point when used in protein borates wood preservatives, and to the influence of pH on the performance of these wood preservatives. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Préservation du bois, Acide borique, Protéine, Toxicité

Mots-clés complémentaires : Durabilité naturelle

Classification Agris : J12 - Handling, transport, storage and protection of forest products
K50 - Processing of forest products

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Thévenon Marie-France, CIRAD-FORET-BOIS (FRA)
  • Pizzi Antonio, ENGREF (FRA)

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