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Formaldehyde-Free Wood Composites from Soybean Protein Adhesive

Richard C. Ferguson, Sharathkumar K. Mendon, James W. Rawlins*, Shelby F. Thames

School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, USA

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Journal of Renewable Materials 2014, 2(3), 166-172.


Commercial particleboards are currently synthesized by blending wood furnish with formaldehyde-based resins and curing them under a combination of heat and pressure. Particleboards manufactured with urea-formaldehyde resin are known to liberate formaldehyde during their service lives. Formaldehyde’s carcinogenicity has prompted the search for environmentally-friendly resins for wood composite manufacture. Soybean protein-based adhesives have been developed as a renewable and formaldehyde-free replacement for urea-formaldehyde resins. Particleboards processed using the soybean protein adhesive matched or exceeded performance criteria of M-2-grade commercial particleboards when evaluated as per American National Standards Institute (ANSI) specifi cations.


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Ferguson, R. C., Mendon, S. K., Rawlins, J. W., Thames, S. F. (2014). Formaldehyde-Free Wood Composites from Soybean Protein Adhesive. Journal of Renewable Materials, 2(3), 166–172.

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