Bio-Based oxidizer for wood protection with polypyrrole

Wood protection has been used since time immemorial, but in recent years, there has been much more research into efficient methods of protecting wood in an environmentally friendly way and extending its life span for applications in the Dutch climate.

This research into wood protection with the (biocompatible) Polypyrrole is looking at alternative methods of polymerizing pyrrole on and/or in the wood surface to form polypyrrole. In the process, the wood acquires a variety of properties including current conduction, radiation reflection and absorption. For polymerization, FeCl3 is currently used as an oxidizer but there are other means to perform the polymerization.

What we want to know is which bio-based oxidizers can be applied for the polymerization of pyrrole on the wood surface.

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):