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These composite materials contain both lignocellulosic and sulfur-containing materials of which are combined through the promotion of covalent chemical bonding. Initially, the lignocellulosic materials are modified to include a multitude of carbon to carbon bonds. These bonds allow for cross-linking with the sulfur materials, and therefore allow for the formation of the basic structure of the composites. Doping the basic structure with additional materials provides enhanced properties that increase the overall reliability of the materials. Properties that are improved as a result of this method of synthesis include biocidal properties, water repellency, thermal stability, and mechanical strength. The covalent backbone within these materials also provides a reduction in environmental leaching potential, making these composites an environmentally friendly material.
Dr. Rhett C. Smith, Dr. Andrew G. Tennyson
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