International Sugar Journal

Ionic liquid intermediate produced from lignin [Full subscriber]

Researchers at US Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab have transformed lignin into a precursor for a useful chemical with a wide range of potential applications.

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Germany – Construction of the new €550 million UPM’s biorefinery has commenced [Full subscriber]

The Finnish pulp and paper producer UPM commenced the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany on 7th October.

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New process upgrades low-quality lignin pyrolysis bio-oil to hydrocarbons [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a process to upgrade low-quality bio-oil produced from lignin via pyrolysis to make high-quality biofuel and biochemicals.

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Lignin partially replaces fossil phenol in the production of resins for foams and moulding applications [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Hexion, a global leader for phenolic speciality resins, have succeeded in partially replacing fossil phenol with biobased lignin in resins in the EU-funded Bio4Products initiative. Two promising applications have been identified – insulating foams and moulding compounds.

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Stora Enso and Cordenka partner to advance the production of biobased carbon fibre [Registered]

Stora Enso and Cordenka are partnering to develop precursors for biobased carbon fibre that could be used in transportation, construction and power generation.

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Avantium funded €0.5 million to produce lignin for use in asphalt production [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Avantium recently announced that the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has awarded the company €0.5 million for its participation in the CHAPLIN XL project.

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Producing pharmaceutical ingredients from lignin [Full subscriber]

researchers from the University of Groningen and the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) have developed a novel route to convert lignin into tetrahydro-2-benzazepines, a class of compound with promising pharmacological activities, and high potential value.

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Molecular simulations reveal the effectiveness of THF in disentangling lignin from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Registered]

In the production of cellulosic biofuels breaking down lignocellulosic feedstocks into C5 and C6 sugars is a major challenge. In a leap forward that could be a game-changer for understanding how plant biomass can be more efficiently broken down, researchers from the University of California (UC), Riverside, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Central Florida have created a chemical roadmap to disentangle the complex polymer lignin from cellulose and hemicellulose.

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Finland – Stora Enso invests €10 million in a pilot plant producing lignin-based materials for energy storage [Registered]

Stora Enso is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility for producing lignin-based materials that form a crucial component in batteries typically used in consumer electronics, the automotive industry and large-scale energy storage systems.

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Self-healing elastomer developed from lignin [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a stretchy material from lignin that exhibits self-healing behaviour and could be used in adhesives and other industrial applications.

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