International Sugar Journal

Engineered Novosphingobium aromaticivorans produces high yields of PDC from lignin [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have engineered Novosphingobium aromaticivorans, a soil bacteria, to depolymerize lignin into smaller aromatic hydrocarbons.

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Researchers develop lignin-based composite for 3D printing process [Registered]

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have created a new composite material to be used for 3D printing that makes use of lignin and which could spur a profitable new use of lignin.

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USA – LignoTech Florida opens US$110 mln lignin plant [Registered]

Rayonier Advanced Materials and Borregaard who jointly own LignoTech Florida opened on 26th June, a new lignin plant in Fernandina Beach. Costing US$110 million, the plant has a production capacity of 100,000 tonnes lignin.

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Domtar acquires Prisma Renewables to produce lignin-based composites [Full subscriber]

Montreal-headquartered paper and absorbent hygiene products company Domtar has acquired a majority interest in Prisma Renewable Composites to expand the production of biocomposites.

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Lignin-based aerogels [Registered]

Using purified lignin from the lignocellulosic biorefinery at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP) in Leuna, Germany, researchers at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TU HH) have produced lignin-containing aerogels and processed high-porosity insulating boards with excellent insulation properties.

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Discovery and engineering of novel cytochrome P450 enzymes for converting lignin into to chemicals [Registered]

Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Montana State University, University of Georgia, the University of California at Los Angeles, Brazil’s University of Campinas, and the United Kingdom’s University of Portsmouth.have discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes that is critical to improving the conversion of lignin into high value platform chemicals.

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Lignin to chemicals facilitated by metabolically engineered E. coli [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories in California have demonstrated a new technology based on bio-engineered bacteria that can make it economically feasible to produce chemicals from lignin.

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Sweden – Rottneros to build lignin-to-biofuels plant [Full subscriber]

Swedish companies Preem and RenFuel are partnering with the pulp producer Rottneros for the construction of the world’s first lignin-to-biofuels plant at its pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn, according to local press reports.

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Stora Enso’s launches a lignin product – an effective substitute to oil-based phenolic materials [Registered]

Stora Enso is the world’ s largest producer of lignin. The company recently announced the launch of Lineo™ which can replace oil-based phenolic materials which are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material with renewable solutions.

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VTT secures EU funding for commercial-scale production of lignin-based concrete plasticizer [Registered]

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed LigniOx technology which converts lignin by-products from pulp mills and other biorefineries into concrete plasticizers that can compete with the synthetic and lignosulphonate-based admixtures on the market.

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