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Starch as a replacement for urea-formaldehyde in medium density fibreboard

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Abstract

Medium density fibreboard (MDF) is a ubiquitous product formed from wood flour and a formaldehyde-based resin. The use of the latter component causes some health and environmental concerns and its use is restricted. The current study shows that thermoplastic starch can be used in place of the thermoset resin to produce materials of similar mechanical strength but with clear environmental benefits. All of the components are compostable and the resin being a thermoplastic allows the potential for remoulding and recycling which has clear environmental impact benefits.

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The article was received on 30 Jul 2012, accepted on 19 Sep 2012 and first published on 20 Sep 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2GC36194A
Green Chem., 2012,14, 3067-3070

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    Starch as a replacement for urea-formaldehyde in medium density fibreboard

    A. P. Abbott, J. Palazuela Conde, S. J. Davis and W. R. Wise, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 3067
    DOI: 10.1039/C2GC36194A

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