A water repellent fluorenated monomer was used in a mixture of monomers for treatment of pine wood samples, using both, impregnation and graft copolymerization methods. This resulted in obtaining a new wood‐based material, the properties of which are superior to those of the natural untreated one. The total polymer loading was generally low, but it was sufficient for improving the mechanical properties with an obvious decrease in the water uptake. Better results of bending strength can be obtained on treatment using the graft copolymerization technique, this can be attributed to the chemical bonding of the polymer with cellulose on grafting.
Abdel‐Mohdy, F.A. and El‐Sawy, S.M. (1991), "Effect of fluorenated monomer treatment on some physical and mechanical properties of wood: ‘Treatment of natural wood with a water repellent copolymer’. Part 1", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 13-15. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb042808
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