Volume 90 Issue 24 | p. 36 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 11, 2012

Depolymerized Lignin Makes A Good Solvent

Chopping up lignin into alkylphenols yields a solvent for biphasic processing of biomass components into chemicals and fuels
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Green Chemistry, Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: biofuel, lignin, biorefinery, phenol, green chemistry, green 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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