Treated Wood Research

Preservatives are added to wood to protect the wood from insect and fungal attack. Traditional waterborne based preservatives (use water as a carrier to transport the chemicals into the wood) utilize copper as the primary fungicide. Common waterborne preservatives include chromated copper arsenate (CCA), micronized copper quat (MCQ), and micronized copper azole (MCA). Although these chemicals are retained by the wood over many years, they do leach slowly over time which cumulatively can impact soil and water. Much of my work in this area has focused on evaluating the environmental impacts of waterborne wood preservatives in the environment.

The current active project in this area is:

Please visit the following web sites to see listings of some of our past research projects.

Dr. Hasan Abdel-Fattah processing samples for treated wood – arsenic leaching study.

Wood sorting technologies evaluated ran the gamut from chemical stains to X-ray Fluorescence Units. Right Dr. Brajesh Dubey and Gary Jacobi test a wood sample using a hand-held XRF unit. Bottom from left to right: Dr. Brajesh Dubey, Don Sackett owner of Innov-X, Dr. Timothy Townsend, Dr. Tomoyuki Shibata, Gary Jacobi, Felipe Behrens, Chris Zavatsky, Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele, Monika (Kormienko) Blassino, and Amy Omae.

Wood sorting technologies evaluated ran the gamut from chemical stains to X-ray Fluorescence Units. Right Dr. Brajesh Dubey and Gary Jacobi test a wood sample using a hand-held XRF unit. Bottom from left to right: Dr. Brajesh Dubey, Don Sackett owner of Innov-X, Dr. Timothy Townsend, Dr. Tomoyuki Shibata, Gary Jacobi, Felipe Behrens, Chris Zavatsky, Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele, Monika (Kormienko) Blassino, and Amy Omae.