International Sugar Journal

Lignin-degrading artificial enzyme could pave way for high-value products [Full subscriber]

Researchers from Washington State University (WSU) and the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed an artificial peptoid-based enzyme that can digest lignin. Chemists have tried and failed to make valuable products from lignin for over a century. But the newly reported development could help change that track record of frustration.

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Monolignol acyltransferase identified as the key enzyme for producing the industrial chemical p-hydroxybenzoic acid in plants [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified an enzyme that could turn poplar trees into a source for industrial chemical building block p-hydroxybenzoic acid which is currently derived from fossil fuels, in plant biomass.

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Stora Enso embarks on the production of biobased carbon for batteries [Full subscriber]

Pulp and paper producer Stora Enso announced on July 21 that its pilot facility for producing lignin-based carbon materials Lignode® has started operations and is ramping up production.

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Quality coating for wood made from colloidal lignin particles [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Aalto University have used lignin, a natural polymer, to create a safe, low-cost and high-performing coating for use in construction.

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Stora Enso launches lignin-based binder that is safer than fossil-based ones [Full subscriber]

Stora Enso launched on 5th May its latest lignin-based innovation, NeoLigno® by Stora Enso. NeoLigno – a fully biobased binder that does not contain formaldehyde and isocyanates, which are typically used in adhesive resins and industrial products, thereby supporting healthier indoor and working environments.

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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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