Investigations of copper-based biocides in wood preservation

In collaboration with Prof John Ruddick (IBC Wood Science), Wei Xue in the Kennepohl Group is exploring the fate of next generation copper-based biocides and their ability to protect wood from biological agents. Our work has demonstrated that new 'micronized copper' biocides generate soluble copper species within sawdust samples, indicating that these approaches are likely effective in protecting wood products from bacteria and fungi. Current efforts seek to quantify and localize the available soluble copper species and to assess the biocide activity during in situ experiments.


Jan 13 2015 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm
John Yates
Department of Chemical Physiology, The Scripps Research Institute
Jan 19 2015 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Truman Wambach
UBC Chemistry (Fryzuk Group)


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