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Maderas. Ciencia y tecnología

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Maderas, Cienc. tecnol. vol.16 no.1 Concepción feb. 2014  Epub 25-Nov-2013




Leaching and decay resistance of alder and pine wood treated with copper based wood preservatives


Ali Temiz1,♠, Gry Alfredsen2, Umit C. Yildiz1,   Engin D. Gezer1, Gaye Kose1, Selcuk Akbas3, Sibel Yildiz1  

1Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Forestry, 61080 Trabzon, Turkey.
2Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Høgskoleveien 8, Ås, Norway.
3Artvin Coruh University, Faculty of Forestry, 08000 Artvin, Turkey.

Corresponding author


The objective of this study was to determine the leaching and decay resistance of Alder (Alnus glutinosa) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) wood samples treated with copper based preservatives. Samples were treated with CCA, ACQ, Tanalith E and Wolmanit with different concentrations. Scots pine samples were exposed the mini-block test against brown rot fungi (Poria placenta (Fries) Cook sensu J. Eriksson (FPRL 280)) and Coniophora puteana Karsten (BAM Ebw. 15) while alder wood samples were tested against brown rot fungi (Coniophora puteana) Karsten (BAM Ebw. 15) and white rot fungi (Coriolus versicolor )(CTB 863A). Regarding to leaching test, treated samples were impregnated with 300 ml of distilled water and after 6, 24, 48 and thereafter at 48-hour intervals, the leachate was removed and replaced with fresh distilled water according to AWPA E11. Samples of each leachate were collected and retained for copper analysis. Amount of copper released from treated wood during the leaching test was chemically analyzed with Atomic Absorption spectroscopy. Perchloric acid procedure for the digestion of wood was used according to AWPA A7-97. The amount of copper component (Qd), the cumulative quantities leached (Qc) and the average daily fluxes (FLUX) were calculated. Results shows that CCA treated samples release less copper compared to other copper based preservatives used in this study. Highest mass losses were obtained from the leached samples treated with 1% of ACQ-2200 against decay fungi.

Keywords: Copper based wood preservatives, wood protection, Alder, Scots pine, leaching of copper.



Wood is susceptible to decay by wood destroying organisms. Wood preservatives are used to treat wood to extend the service life, mainly when wood is used in outdoors applications and/or in hazardous environment. Water-borne preservatives are widely employed in the wood treatment industry. Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) has been used as a major wood preservative for many applications such as utility poles, children's playgrounds, residential and commercial applications. CCA solutions contain chromium, arsenic and copper in the form of oxides or salts.  Chromium is present as hexavalent chromium but it is reduced to trivalent chromium in the treated wood while arsenic is pentavalent and copper is curic oxide. Inorganic pentavalent arsenic and hexavalent chromium (CrVI) are classified hazardous to the environment and to humans (Cui 2004, Hingston et al.2001, Shibata et al. 2007, Townsend et al. 2004, Townsend et al. 2005, Moghaddam and Mulligan 2008, Lin et al. 2009).

During the last two decades increased public concern on the risk of potential environmental contamination from CCA treating solution and CCA treated wood has lead to several researches and publications on the impact of CCA treated wood. The use of CCA treated wood has been restricted and/or banned in some countries (Lebow and Tippie 2001, Yildiz et al. 2004, Temiz et al. 2006, Gezer 2003, Habicht et al. 2003, Jambeck et al. 2006, Townsend et al. 2001, Stilwell et al. 2003, Khan et al. 2006, Shalat et al. 2006, Gezer et al. 2006).  More recently, chromium and arsenic-free new formulations of wood preservatives have being introduced as replacements for CCA in many applications. These new wood preservatives contain copper and organic co-biocides such as quaternary ammonium compounds (quats), azoles, borates and/or HDO (Hasan et al. 2010, Lebow and Tippie 2001, Zhang 1999, Hingston et al. 2001, Vasishth 1996).  They also contain amine and or ammonia as solubizing and complexing agent for copper. American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) book of standard (AWPA 2008) lists several arsenic and chromium-free wood preservatives. The list includes alkaline copper quat (ACQ), Ammoniacal copper citrate (CC), Copper Azole (Tanalith E), Copper Dimethyldithiocarbamate (CDDC) etc. (AWPA 2008). Alternatives to CCA contain copper as primary active ingredients because of the excellent fungicidal properties of copper and a co-biocide to protect against copper tolerant decay fungi.

Laboratory and field test have demonstrated that new emerging arsenic and chromium free wood preservatives have good long term protection against wood destroying organisms comparable to CCA and acceptable mammalian toxicity characteristics.  One of the important parameter of the mammalian toxicity and the long term biological efficacy of preservatives is its permanence in treated wood which can be assessed by measuring the amount leachable in treated wood.

The objective of this study is to estimate the permanence or migration of copper in copper based preservatives treated scots pine and alder wood with CCA as reference using leaching protocol established by AWPA and determine their biological durability against brown and white rot fungi.


Wood species and Wood preservatives

Alder (Alnus glutinosa subsp. barbata) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sapwood were selected for tests. Samples were free from presence of knots, resin pockets. The densities of alder and Scots pine are 496 and 490 kg/m3, respectively. Pine wood was used due to the primary commercially used wood species for softwood. Among the hardwoods, alder wood was selected because of regional abundance. The amount of alder wood in Turkey comprises around 95103 hectares and 63894 hectares of them is in the Northeast of Turkey (Kahveci 2012).

In the experiment, ACQ-1900 (Copper tetra-ammine- dihydrogencarbonate as active copper component), ACQ-2200 (Copper as active copper component), Tanalith E 3491 (Copper hydroxycarbonate as active copper component) and Wolmanit CX-8 (Bis-(N-cyclohexyldiazeniumdioxy)- copper (II)-HDO and copper (II) carbonate as active copper component) were chosen for treatments as chromium and arsenic free copper based preservatives. CCA (CuO as active copper component) was also used as reference.

Impregnation Procedure

Samples were air dried at room temperature and then impregnated in a small scale impregnation container using a vacuum of 760 mm of Hg for 60 min followed by atmospheric pressure for 60 min. Treated samples were then removed from the treatment solution, wiped lightly to remove solution from the wood surface, and weighed to the nearest 0.01 g to determine gross retentions for each cube and each treating solution. Solution concentrations utilized refer to total actives of wood preservatives. The retention for each treatment solution was calculated using the following equation (1):

R = (G x C/V) x 10    kg/m3 



R: is the retention in kg per cubic meter
G: weight in gram of the treating solution absorbed by the samples obtained by subtracting the weight of the samples after treatment from the weight of the samples before treatment
C: the concentration or solution strength of the treating solution in percentage
V: volume of the samples in centimeters

After the wood samples were treated with chemicals, the samples were then wrapped in plastic bags for three weeks at room temperature for potential fixation reactions before further testing.

Leaching test

Leaching test was performed according to AWPA E11-97 (AWPA E11 2000). Six cubes of treated wood specimens (19x19x19 mm) were impregnated with 300 ml of distilled water, after 6, 24, 48 and thereafter at 48-hour intervals, the leachate was removed and replaced with fresh distilled water. Samples of each leachate were collected and retained for copper analysis.

Analysis of copper in treated blocks and in leachate of each leaching phase

The amount of copper in treated wood blocks (19x19x19 mm) and in the leachate was measured by an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (Perkin-Elmer). The leached and unleached blocks were ground into 30 mesh sawdust and acid digested for copper analysis. Perchloric acid procedure for the digestion of wood was used according to AWPA A7-97 (AWPA A-7, 1997). Ground and oven dried wood samples were digested slowly with addition of nitric acid on low heat at approximately 100 ºC. After no brown fumes were released from the digestion tubes, perchloric acid mixed with sulfuric acid to form acid-oxidant was added.

Standard copper solutions were prepared by serially diluting a commercial 1000 ppm standard copper solution. All the leachate and solutions from solid cubes were diluted to provide a suitable copper concentration for Atomic Absorption analysis.

Determination of cumulative quantities leached and average daily fluxes

The amount of copper in leachate was determined in parts per million (ppm). The amount of copper component (Qd, eq. 2), the cumulative quantities leached (Qc, eq. 3) and the average daily fluxes (FLUX, eq. 4) were calculated according to equations 2, 3 and 4.



 Qd(Δt) is the  quantity of wood preservative element in mg per surface area of the cubes (mg/ m2), Vleachate  is the volume of leachate solution in ml (l),   is the surface area of wood cubes immersed in the leaching test in m2, C  is the concentration of wood preservative element in the leachate solution  in mg/l, Qc  is  the total quantity of wood preservative element leached


FLUX (∆t)  is the total quantity of chemical (element) leached from cubes immersed in water per day in mg/ m2d

Decay test

Scots pine samples (5x10x30 mm (RxTxL)) were exposed to agar-block test containing 3 % malt agar extract culture medium against two brown rot fungi (Postia placenta (Fries) Cook sensu J. Eriksson (FPRL 280) and Coniophora puteana (Schumacher ex Fries) Karsten (BAM Ebw. 15). The brown rot fungi was used for Scots pine samples because much timber used in construction is from coniferous species and brown rot fungi preferentially degrade softwood timber (Goodell et al. 2003). Alder wood samples (5x10x30 mm (RxTxL)) were tested against one brown rot fungi (Coniophora puteana (Schumacher ex Fries)) Karsten (BAM Ebw. 15) and one white rot fungi (Coriolus versicolor (CTB 863A)). 

All wood samples were sterilized by 25-50 kGy γ-radiation. Prior to the decay test samples were leached in water according to AWPA E11 to determine the leaching effects that would occur in service (AWPA E11, 2000). Each plate contained one treated test sample and one untreated control sample. Six replicates for each treatment were used. The incubation time was 8 weeks at 22 °C and 70 % relative humidity. After incubation, the samples were removed and dried at temperature of 103 ± 2 °C, weighed and the mass loss caused by the fungus calculated as follows:

Mass loss (%) =  [(mo-md)/mo] × 100


Where mo is the oven dry mass prior to test and md is the oven dry mass after the test.


Table 1 lists the retention per wood preservatives and per wood species. Retention values shown in table 1 refer for total actives of wood preservatives tested. Alder wood showed higher chemical uptake than pine due to structural differences between softwood and hardwood species.  The remaining copper (CuO) in wood blocks after leaching test are also listed in table 1.

Table 1. Retention values and remaining CuO in wood

* Values in parentheses indicate standard deviation

As can be seen in table 1, the highest percentage of remaining copper in wood blocks was determined from samples treated with ACQ-1900 2% and CCA 1% respectively for both wood species. The lowest remaining copper in wood was obtained from the samples treated with ACQ-2200 for both wood species, suggesting that migration of copper in ACQ is higher than that in CCA. The results indicates that in some cases substantially more leaching occurred from alder wood than from pine wood. Higher leaching rates in alder wood than in pine might be explained by respective differences in lignin and extractive content of species. Softwoods have higher lignin contents than hardwoods. In addition, their lignin have higher contribution of free phenyl OH groups, which have been considered as the most probable reaction sites for wood preservative components (Radivojevic and Cooper 2010). Researchers reported that hardwoods have higher leaching rates than softwood (Stevanovic-Janezic et al. 2001, Cooper et al. 1997, Radivojevic and Cooper 2010).

The amount of copper leached is listed in table 2.

Table 2. Leached copper amount  (CuO) (ppm)

* BDL: Below the detection limit

The lowest copper amount was determined from CCA-treated wood for both wood species. The highest copper amount was obtained from the samples treated with ACQ-2200. The leaching results demonstrate that copper leaching of both wood species shows similar trends.

Using data from table 2, the quantity of wood preservative component (Qd) and total quantity leached copper (Qc) have been calculated by using equations 2 and 3. Quantity of each leaching phase of wood preservative component (Qd) and total quantity (Qc) are listed in table 3.

Table 3. Quantity of copper emission of wood treated with copper based wood preservatives

* BDL: Below the detection limit

Qd represents the total quantity of copper leached out within a time interval. Qc represents the total quantity of copper leached out (mg/m2). FLUX represents the average daily flux for each time interval.

The lowest quantity of copper emission (Qd) from treated wood with copper based wood preservatives released was obtained from CCA treated wood, then followed by Wolmanit CX-8. The highest Qd was determined from ACQ treated wood for both species.

When comparing total (Qc) quantity of copper emissions, the highest copper emission was found from the wood treated with ACQ-1900 3%, the lowest result was determined from the samples treated with CCA 1% for both species.

The daily leaching of copper (FLUX (mg/mg2d) was calculated using data from table 4 with Eq 4.  The daily FLUX rate for both species is represented in figure 1 and figure 2.


Figure 1. Total quantity of copper leached of alder wood area per m2 per day (d = day). 

Figure 2. Total quantity of copper leached of pine wood area per m2 per day (d = day).

It was noticeable that the leaching rate was highest initially and rapidly decreased over time (Figure 1 and Figure 2). After the first 48 hours, the amount of copper leaching is minimal. High leaching rate at the beginning of experiment can be attributed to unfixed copper on wood surface and also the high surface area exposed to water due to the size of the testing cubes, where relatively high surface area is subjected to leaching. It is a fact that conventional short term leaching test such as AWPA E 11 and EN 84 are very aggressive compared to natural rain exposure and normal sample size of wood in service (AWPA E11 2000, EN 84 1997). Such testing using AWPA E 11 or EN 84 should not be considered representative of the reality but only comparative to give an idea of the relative permanence of several wood preservatives.

Dubey (2005) also found that copper leached from ACQ treated wood at a rate seven times higher than the rate from CCA treated wood. Same findings have been reported by Stook et al. (2004, 2005) for leaching experiments.  The possible explanation of less leaching rate of CCA-treated wood could be that copper in CCA is more strongly bonded and less mobile than in some of the alternative wood preservatives containing ammoniacal copper and amine copper preservatives.

The other reasons for higher copper leaching of alternative wood preservatives than CCA are the higher copper amount in alternative formulations and different fixation mechanisms. Fixation of CCA is complex process and defined by the reduction of hexavalent chromium. Multi-components of CCA (Cu, Cr and As) during treatment process are not simply taken up by wood components and deposited in the lumens of the cells. Copper can be found in the CCA-treated wood in four different forms: (1) CuCrO4- lignin complexes, (2) Cu2+ - lignin complexes, (3) Cu2+ - cellulose complexes, (4) Physically absorbed by various wood components (Jusoh 2000, Pizzi 1982). Unlike CCA preservative, the ammonia in new copper based systems offers an alternative method to fix copper in wood structure. Ammonia allows the solubilisation of insoluble copper component in ammonium hydroxide and causes copper component to precipitate in wood. With the ammonia evaporation, a stepwise reduction in the number of ammonia molecules bound to copper occurs and break down the complexes in solution to form water insoluble copper salt. In the amine based preservatives such as ACQ used in the study, copper fixation is through: (1) ion exchange reactions between the cupric cations and acidic functional groups such as carboxylic acid in lignin and hemicellulose, (2) complex formation with cellulose, (3) forms of insoluble copper carbonates resulting from drying process (Chen 1994, Jiang 2000).

Temiz et al. (2006) compared the copper emission rates from wood treated with CCA, ACQ, Tanalith E and Wolmanit CX according to OECD guidelines. Authors reported that the percentage of copper leached from wood treated with alternative copper-based preservatives was higher than that of CCA-treated wood (Temiz et al. 2006).

Townsend et al. (2001) investigated leaching and toxicity of CCA-treated and alternative-treated wood products and concluded that percentage of copper leached from the wood treated with the copper-based alternative preservatives was greater than CCA-treated wood and ACQ (Alkalen Copper Quat), CBA (Copper Boron Azole) and CC (Copper Citrate) treated wood were found to be more toxic to aquatic life forms (Townsend et al. 2001).

Habicht et al.  (2003) studied the role of different parameters such as fixation, sample size and leaching protocols and reported that the lowest leaching value was found from CCA-treated wood than ACQ and CX (Copper-HDO)-treated wood (Habicht et al. 2003). This study also confirms the high leachability of copper in new formulations of copper based preservatives compared to CCA.

Weight losses of wood treated with copper based wood preservatives against brown rot (C. puteana, P. placenta) and white rot fungi (C. versicolor) are shown in table 4 and 5.

Table 4. Decay resistance of treated with copper based Pinus sylvestris  preservatives

* Values in parentheses indicate standard deviation

Table 5. Decay resistance of Alnus glutinosa treated with copper based wood preservatives

The mass loss of the control untreated samples was higher than 20% confirming the validity of test. All treated samples had lower mass loss than untreated samples. However, weight losses of leached pine wood treated with ACQ-2200 1% and Tanalith E 3491 2% and leached alder wood treated with ACQ-2200 (1% and 2%) and Wolmanit CX-8 (2%) for C. versicolor showed high mass losses (over 10% of mass losses). The reason of high mass losses after leaching test could be due to loss of preservatives during the leaching procedure. The result of remaining copper (CuO) in wood blocks after leaching test (Table 1) was confirmed that some of the copper based wood preservatives were much leachable then others. The possible explanations were discussed in leaching part.


This study compares copper leaching and decay resistance from CCA and alternative copper based wood preservatives treated Scots pine and alder wood from Eastern Turkey. Data suggest that CCA releases less copper than all the other copper based wood preservatives. Possible explanation could be due to copper in CCA is more strongly bonded than in some of the alternative wood preservatives, higher copper amount in alternative formulations and different fixation mechanisms. However, this study was performed on cubes in the laboratory tests; field test will be conducted to confirm these results.


The authors would like to thank Morten Damm, Gro Brekka, from Norwegian Wood Research Institute for technical assistance.


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Received: 20.12. 2012 Accepted: 22.04. 2013.

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