Issue Date: June 11, 2012
Depolymerized Lignin Makes A Good Solvent
Chemical engineers have developed a catalytic process to mince lignin into its alkylphenol building blocks, which can serve as a solvent for biphasic processing of the hemicellulosic and cellulosic components of biomass (Green Chem., DOI: 10.1039/c2gc35203f). A team led by James A. Dumesic of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, envisions an integrated biorefinery process that would convert poplar wood into furfural, . . .
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