Issue Date: October 3, 2016
Has lignin’s time finally come?
After Michael Lake got his Ph.D. in chemical engineering and joined the paper company Westvaco, he soon became convinced that lignin—needed by trees but unwanted by the paper industry—was the material of the future.
More than 40 years have passed, and Lake’s enthusiasm for the biopolymer hasn’t dimmed. “Lignin’s time has come, I think,” he says. “But then, I thought the same thing in 1973.”
Lake isn’t the only one to have a romance with . . .
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