Date of Award

6-1950

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

There are many experiments being carried on in the field of wood preservation partially because of the variations in the toxicity of many preservatives. The commercial interest is along the lines of expense, since some preservatives have not proven satisfactory because after a short period of time attack by fungus and insects has set in. This thesis is concerned chiefly with the effects of oxidation and leaching. These factors have been insufficiently investigated to produce conclusive evidence on their effects on the toxicity of creosote. Since the other components of air are thought to have little effect on the toxicity of creosote. Tap water was used for the leaching or water extraction, in order to duplicate more closely in the laboratory the conditions found in nature.

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