Anna Stangierska, MSc (Eng)
Mateusz Sydow, MSc (Eng)
The Wood Protection Department conducts research on pro-ecological wood preservatives, which would be effective and characterised by a low toxicity for the environment, and on the influence of the structure of biocides, including ionic liquids, on the physicochemical and functional properties of these preservatives. Research concerns the interaction fungi-biocides-wood, the natural resistance of wood and lignocellulosic materials to decay by fungi, the evaluation of biocide and protective agent effectiveness, bonding with wood, chemical analyses of wood preservatives and their biodegradation. The department implements new methods of the assessment of lignocellulosic substrate infestation by microorganisms and investigates the influence of blue stain fungi and other discolouring fungi on the wood properties. The department employees are authors of numerous patents regarding preservatives for wood and wood materials.
RESEARCH AND SERVICES
- Wood preservatives – biocides: structure, penetration, properties, fungicidal efficacy (Basidiomycetes, blue stain, moulds, algae), biodegradation, attestation required at registration,
- Ionic liquids – biological activity, environmental tests,
- Creosote oil – penetration depth, retention, biodegradation,
- Wood – durability, preservation, resistance to microbiological decay,
- Quality of wood protection – penetration, retention,
- Wood products – preservation, resistance to decay and mould,
- Mycological expert’s opinions,
- Laboratory and field tests of the wood preservative effectiveness against wood-decaying fungi and blue stain fungi,
- Standardization works – Polish Committee for Standardization Technical Committee no. 185 Protection of Wood and Wood-Based Products,
- Training courses and consultation on wood protection.