891103 Wood chemistry

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Gusenbauer, Claudia , Hinterstoisser, Barbara
Offered in
Wintersemester 2022/23
Languages of instruction


molecular structure of solid wood,
wood polysaccharides (biosynthesis, cellulose, hemicelluloses, microbiological and enzymatic degradation, isolation)
lignin (biosynthesis, microbiological and enzymatic degradation, isolation)
Network of woodpolymers - the cell wall as three dimensional biopolymer network
extractives (extraction, biosynthesis, utilization)
analytical methods in chemistry of solid wood
chemistry of bark
Introduction to Biorefinery Concept
current research topics
Chemical and biotechnological possibilities of wood preservation
Degradation Chemistry of solid wood

Previous knowledge expected

basic chemistry (organic and inorganic)
basic knowledge in wood anatomy and - biology

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

students have a knowledge about the various aspects of wood chemistry in relation to its structure, biochemistry and chemistry. They have knowledge about the component's properties and how to gain full comprehension of the natural biocomposite wood. The interactions and reactions of woodcomponents as well as the resulting wood properties are understood according to the state of the art. Students have a knowledge about the chemical utilization of distinctive wood components and their modification and the Biorefinery Concept in general
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