Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) as a novel wood quality evaluation tool

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) as a novel wood quality evaluation tool

This report describes progress towards developing an optimised and validated laserinduced
breakdown spectroscopy system for rapid, accurate and simultaneous inorganic
elemental analysis of wood. Species-specific calibrations were developed for tree species
relevant to the Australasian forest products industry (data currently confidential to
ORNL). Further calibrations will elucidate contaminated timber (arsenic) in the wood
waste stream diverted from landfill. Proof of concept work will demonstrate the
innovative capacity of this technique to address wood quality impacts on wood suitability
for engineered wood products.