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Research article2016Peer reviewed

Covalent fixation of boron in wood through transesterification with vinyl ester of carboxyphenylboronic acid

Jebrane, Mohamed; Heinmaa, Ivo


Vinyl ester of 4-carboxyphenylboronic acid has been synthesized and tested as reactive reagent for permanent fixation of boron in wood based on an improved approach described previously. The essence of the method is a covalent incorporation of the boron compound via transesterification between wood hydroxyl groups and vinyl ester containing boron. The synthesis of this vinyl ester was accomplished by exchange reaction of vinyl acetate with 4-carboxyphenylboronic acid. The obtained vinyl ester of carboxyphenylboronic acid was characterized by FTIR and H-1-, and C-13-NMR spectroscopy. The covalent fixation of boron to wood's hydroxyl groups was achieved through potassium carbonate (K2CO3) catalyzed transesterification of the vinyl ester containing boron. The transesterification was confirmed by weight percentage gain (WPG) calculation, curcumin staining, FTIR, and C-13 CP-MAS NMR spectroscopy. The efficiency of the reaction improved with increasing temperature and reaction time.


boronated wood; carboxyphenylboronic acid pinacol ester; leachability; permanent fixation; transesterification

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2016, Volume: 70, number: 6, pages: 577-583

      SLU Authors

    • Jebrane, Mohamed

      • Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    Associated SLU-program

    Non-toxic environment

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Organic Chemistry
    Materials Chemistry
    Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology

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