Chemical composition and potential uses of Leucaena leucocephala stem bark

Rafidah Md Salim and Jahimin Asik and Mohd Sani Sarjadi and Liew, Kang Chiang (2023) Chemical composition and potential uses of Leucaena leucocephala stem bark. Wood Research, 68. pp. 241-256. ISSN 1336-4561

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Leucaena leucocephala stem bark that was eleven years old was studied for its chemical composition and usage. The samples were subjected to chemical analyses based on ASTM standard procedures after being air-dried for several days. The results found that the bark of L. leucocephala has a pH value of 6.04 and that the solubility of the bark in 1% NaOH alkali is the highest compared to the solubility in hot water (14.45%) and cold water (14.36%), while the chemical composition of the bark of L. leucocephala was ash (15.76%); extractives (8.39%); holocellulose (132.85%); hemicellulose (103.66%); cellulose (29.19%) and lignin (38.24%). Based on the findings, L. leucocephala bark was less acidic. When used as a source of carbohydrates, bark has a high solubility, and its chemical composition may have an impact on how quickly it burns when it is pyrolysed.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Acidity, Solubility, Chemical composition, Bark
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry > QD1-999 Chemistry > QD450-801 Physical and theoretical chemistry
Q Science > QK Botany > QK1-989 Botany > QK474.8-495 Spermatophyta. Phanerogams
Department: CENTRE > Preparation Centre for Science and Technology
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2023 09:53
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 09:53

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