Bio-oil from a fast pyrolysis pilot plant as antifungal and hydrophobic agent for wood preservation

Tainise V. Lourençon, Bruno D. Mattos, Pedro H.G. Cademartori, Washington L.E. Magalhães*

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Residual wood fines were used as raw material to produce fast pyrolysis bio-oil in a pilot plant for further utilization as antifungal and hydrophobic agent for wood protection. Phenolic compounds derived from lignin mostly composed the obtained bio-oil. Pinewood was impregnated with natural and diluted bio-oil aiming three different final loads. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed that the internal surface of the tracheids was coated by the bio-oil. Fourier-transformed infrared analysis showed no chemical reactions between wood and bio-oil, while thermogravimetric studies stated changes in the thermal stability of the impregnated pinewood. The bio-oil impregnation proved to be effective to decrease the water absorption and wettability of the pinewood. In addition, the bio-oil impregnated pinewood with low load (7.95%) had decay resistance improved by 2.6 and 4.5 times against T. versicolor and G. trabeum fungi, respectively, meanwhile the highest bio-oil loading (81.3%) inside pinewood caused the mortality of the whole fungal colony in the first days of test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Decay resistance
  • Phenolic compounds
  • Pinewood
  • Water repellence


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