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Title: Temperature-induced structural and chemical changes in cork from Quercus cerris
Authors: Sen, Ali
Miranda, Isabel
Pereira, Helena
Keywords: Quercus cerris
cork
temperature
cellular structure
suberin
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: "Industrial Crops and Products". ISSN 0926-6690. 37 (2012) 508-513
Abstract: The effects of temperature on anatomical and chemical characteristics of Quercus cerris cork were examined. Cork samples were subjected to isothermal air heating between 150 ◦C and 400 ◦C and analyzed for mass loss, cellular structure and chemical composition. The thermal decomposition of Q. cerris cork is similar to that of Q. suber cork. Cork is thermally stable below 200 ◦C and after that degradation depended on temperature and heating time with increasing mass loss, i.e. 3% at 200 ◦C 10 min and 46% at 350 ◦C 60 min. With temperature and starting at 200 ◦C, cells expanded, cell wall thickness was reduced and corrugations were lost. Extractives degraded at lower temperatures, although aliphatic extractives were found to be more stable. Suberin from Q. cerris was more heat resistant than Q. suber suberin, while lignin showed similar resistance. These results provide a basis for studies on the production of Q. cerris bark expanded cork agglomerates for insulation purposes.
Description: Available at ScienceDirect
Peer Reviewed: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.5/4299
ISSN: 0926-6690
Publisher version: www.elsevier.com/locate/indcrop
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