Making Wood Last Forever With Acetylation
The shortcomings of wood are also familiar. Who hasn’t treaded gingerly on rotting planks or struggled with a window swelled by dampness? Acetylation, a chemical ... as to why acetylated wood resists decay. One is that acetylation changes the ...
Burning wood doesn't affect climate change
When you burn a tree the process is reversed, releasing carbon dioxide ... change; it is carbon neutral because the carbon is recycled. Wood heat may, however, offset the use of other fuels which would likely add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Why ...
Why Is China Buying So Much Methanol?
In March 2013, IHS Chemical found ... transitioning away from burning coal and oil. Unfortunately, natural gas is more expensive and harder to find. The process of turning natural gas into methanol Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, can be made from ...
Ten amazing (and occasionally explosive) chemical reactions, caught on video
Why is it called the barking dog ... on account of the delayed chemical interactions that give rise to the conspicuous changes in the mixture's color. Here, three clear solutions of sodium bisulfate, mercury(II)chloride, and potassium iodate are combined.
Power plant to create electricity from waste wood (with no burning involved)
While some tout lower carbon emissions, others claim that large-scale burning of trees for power is fundamentally unsustainable — and may even result in increased emissions once land use changes ... convert recovered wood into electricity through a ...