Lacquer Chemistry and Applications

Lacquer Chemistry and Applications

1st Edition - August 3, 2015

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  • Authors: Rong Lu, Tetsuo Miyakoshi
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128036105
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128035894

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Lacquer Chemistry and Applications explores the topic of lacquer, the only natural product polymerized by an enzyme that has been used for a coating material in Asian countries for thousands of years. Although the human-lacquer-culture, including cultivation of the lacquer tree, harvesting, and the use of lacquer sap, has a long history of more than thousand years, there is very little information available on the modern scientific methods to study lacquer chemistry. This book, based on the results of the authors' 30 years of research on lacquer chemistry, offers lacquer researchers a unique reference on the science and applications of this extremely important material.

Key Features

  • Covers the chemistry and properties of lacquer, including synthesis of its various components
  • Provides up-to-date analytical techniques for lacquer identification and characterization
  • Discusses possible toxicity effects
  • Outlines new modification techniques for developing higher performance material
  • Presents the history of this versatile coating material that has evolved from its origins in Asian countries over thousands of years


Chemists, chemical engineers, materials scientists, students, and researchers in lacquer and its applications. Lacquer workers including restoration and protection of lacquerwares, lacquer painting majors student, and the people who use lacquer as a material.

Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • Chapter 1: Introduction
      • Abstract
      • 1.1 Lacquer Definition
      • 1.2 Lacquer Tree
    • Chapter 2: History of lacquer chemistry
      • Abstract
      • 2.1 Brief History of Lacquer Chemistry
      • 2.2 Separation of Lacquer Sap
    • Chapter 3: Main compositions of lacquer
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 Urushiol
      • 3.2 Laccol
      • 3.3 Thitsiol
    • Chapter 4: Lacquer polysaccharide
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Structural Analysis
      • 4.2 Biological Activities
      • 4.3 Properties in Aqueous Solution
    • Chapter 5: Glycoprotein
      • Abstract
    • Chapter 6: Laccase
      • Abstract
      • 6.1 Introduction
      • 6.2 Separation and Purification of Lacquer Laccase
      • 6.3 Molecular Structure of Lacquer Laccase
      • 6.4 Lacquer Laccase and Fungal Laccase
    • Chapter 7: Lacquer aroma components
      • Abstract
    • Chapter 8: Lacquer allergy
      • Abstract
      • 8.1 Mechanism of Lacquer Allergy
      • 8.2 Prevention
    • Chapter 9: Synthesis of Lacquer
      • Abstract
      • 9.1 Synthesis of Urushiol Derivatives
      • 9.2 Synthesis of 4-Alkenylcatechol
      • 9.3 Synthesis of Laccol
      • 9.4 Synthesis of Thitsiol
      • 9.5 Enzyme Polymerization and Characterization of Synthesized Lacquer Film
    • Chapter 10: Modification of lacquer
      • Abstract
      • 10.1 Fast-drying Lacquer
      • 10.2 Hybrid Lacquer
      • 10.3 Nanolacquer
      • 10.4 Blended Lacquer
    • Chapter 11: Lacquerware
      • Abstract
      • 11.1 Lacquer Film
      • 11.2 Analysis of Lacquer Films
      • 11.3 Application of Py-GC/MS in Lacquer Science
      • 11.4 Identification of Lacquer Provenance by 87Sr/86Sr Isotope Ratio
    • Chapter 12: Use of lacquer
      • Abstract
      • 12.1 Lacquer Coating
      • 12.2 Lacquer Used in Art Works
      • 12.3 Lacquer in Industry
    • Appendix
      • 1 Identification Methods of Lacquer in China
      • 2 Identification of Lacquer from Japan
      • References
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 312
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2015
  • Published: August 3, 2015
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128036105
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128035894

About the Authors

Rong Lu

Dr. Rong Lu is a senior researcher at Meiji University, Japan. He received his Master’s degree from Wuhan University of China in 1995, specializing in organic chemistry and Ph.D. from Hokkaido University of Japan in 1999, specializing in polymer chemistry. His research interests in organic and polymer chemistry, including synthesis of low molecular weight of pharmaceutical intermediates, analysis and improvement of lacquer, and development of composite and functional coatings. He is a co-principal investigator in a project, led by Prof. Dr. Miyakoshi, Meiji University, and funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, to establish a scientific evaluation system of lacquer and investigation of lacquer culture.

Affiliations and Expertise

Meiji University, Japan

Tetsuo Miyakoshi

Dr. Tetsuo Miyakoshi is a senior scientist and professor at Meiji University, and director of both Chemical Research Institute of Biological Resources and Advanced Lacquer Material Institute of Meiji University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry from Meiji University, specializing in organic and analytical chemistry. Then, he worked at Meiji University as a research associate (1968-1983) and then a lecturer during 1983-1986. He received his Ph. D. in 1982 at the Department of Industrial Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Meiji University, and became an associate professor (1986-1991). Since 1991 he is a professor at the Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Science and Technology, Meiji University. He is involved in synthesis of spices, pharmaceutical intermediates, and natural phenols, especially in lacquer chemistry. He has published over 100 papers on peer-reviewed journals and one book.

Affiliations and Expertise

Meiji University, Japan

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