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Biomacromolecules. 2012 Feb 13;13(2):466-73. doi: 10.1021/bm201518d. Epub 2012 Jan 12.

Wood hydrolysate barriers: performance controlled via selective recovery.

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Fiber and Polymer Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden.


Films and coatings were produced from a noncellulosic polysaccharide-rich wood hydrolysate (WH), and the resulting oxygen barrier performance was improved by a selective choice of upgrading conditions. The WH was obtained from process water in the hydrothermal treatment of hardwood and subjected to one of three alternative upgrading treatments, resulting in xylan-rich fractions with significant differences in structure, composition, and properties of the recovered WH fractions, which in turn had a major impact on their performance with respect to tensile and oxygen barrier properties. The WH in the least upgraded state, the crudest fraction, produced films with the best performance in terms of oxygen permeability and was superior to corresponding films based on highly purified hemicellulose.

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