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.
2014’s American Chemical Society Division of the History of Chemistry’s Citation for Chemical Breakthrough awards
The University of British Columbia, Department of Chemistry has been selected to receive one of 2014’s American Chemical Society Division of the History of Chemistry’s Citation for Chemical Breakthrough awards. This award program honors...