The Future of Wood Extractives

  • H. L. Hergert
Part of the Springer Series in Wood Science book series (SSWOO)


For many years visionaries have been forecasting a world in which a substantial part of the chemicals, fibers, plastics, and liquid fuels would come from the forest. Integrated factories featuring the production of cellulose for fibers and thermoplastics, terpenes for fine chemicals, phenolic polymers from bark for dispersants and adhesives, lignin pyrolysis for aromatic hydrocarbons, and so on, are readily imagined. Abundant raw material appears to be available. Bark, for example, which contains waxes, flavonoids, phenolic polymers, and a whole host of other compounds as described in preceding chapters, is estimated to be available worldwide in amounts exceeding one hundred million tons (dry basis) annually at wood products mill sites (13). Despite raw material availability and the ample technology reviewed in these pages, we are farther from the goal of effectively utilizing wood extractives than forty years ago when the wood-based chemical industry reached its peak (41).


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