Has lignin’s time finally come? | October 3, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 39 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 39 | pp. 35-37
Issue Date: October 3, 2016

Has lignin’s time finally come?

After years of burning it, companies are starting to recover the ubiquitous tree biopolymer
Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: renewables, lignin, pulp and paper, aromatics

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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