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Int J Biol Macromol. 2011 May 1;48(4):667-75. doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2011.02.009. Epub 2011 Feb 22.

Structural analysis of photodegraded lime wood by means of FT-IR and 2D IR correlation spectroscopy.

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Romanian Academy P. Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymers, 41A Gr. Ghica Voda Alley, Ro.700487 Iasi, Romania.


In this study the weathering behavior of lime wood (Tillia cordata Mill.) has been examined using FT-IR and 2D IR correlation spectroscopy, which evidenced chemical changes induced by exposure to weathering conditions. It was showed that lignin is most sensitive component to the photodegradation processes as indicated by considerable decreases in the intensities of the characteristic aromatic lignin band at 1505cm(-1) and other associated bands. By 2D correlation spectroscopy has been demonstrated that the moment of CO from carboxyl and acetyl groups in hemicelluloses is changing first, followed by the CC of aromatic skeletal, CO in non-conjugated ketones, carboxyl groups and lactones, absorbed O-H and conjugated C-O groups in quinones. The carbonyl formation corresponded well with lignin degradation, indicating a close relationship between them. Comparing the rate of carbonyl formation and lignin decay clearly showed that the former is remarkably higher than the latter, indicating the formation of carbonyl bands at 1738cm(-1) probably resulted from not only lignin oxidation but also from reactions occurring in other components of the wood. Quinine formation is combined with the decay of aromatic structures and the formation of conjugated carbonyl groups.

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