Energies 2014, 7(2), 857-873; doi:10.3390/en7020857
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Impact of Hot-Water Extraction on Acetone-Water Oxygen Delignification of Paulownia Spp. and Lignin Recovery

Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
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Received: 9 December 2013; in revised form: 7 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 19 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomass and Biofuels 2013)
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Abstract: A hardwood-based biorefinery process starting with hot-water extraction (HWE) is recommended in order to remove most of the hemicelluloses/xylans before further processing. HWE may be followed by delignification in acetone/water in the presence of oxygen (AWO) for the production of cellulose and lignin. In this study, the HWE-AWO sequence was evaluated for its effectiveness at removing lignin from the fast-growing species Paulownia tomentosa (PT) and Paulownia elongata (PE), in comparison with the reference species, sugar maple (Acer saccharum, SM). HWE might lead to a remarkable increase in lignin accessibility, and as a result, a greater AWO delignification degree was observed for extracted PT, PE, and SM than for unextracted ones. Organosolv lignin was recovered from the spent liquor of AWO delignification of PT with/without prior HWE and characterized to evaluate the benefits of HWE on the lignin structure and purity. The lignin recovered from the spent liquor of HWE-AWO sequence is of higher purity and lighter color than that recovered from the AWO spent liquor. These properties along with low sulfur content are desirable for lignin high-value applications.
Keywords: hot-water extraction; acetone-water oxygen delignification; Paulownia tomentosa; Paulownia elongata; Acer saccharum; organosolv lignin

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Gong, C.; Bujanovic, B.M. Impact of Hot-Water Extraction on Acetone-Water Oxygen Delignification of Paulownia Spp. and Lignin Recovery. Energies 2014, 7, 857-873.

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Gong C, Bujanovic BM. Impact of Hot-Water Extraction on Acetone-Water Oxygen Delignification of Paulownia Spp. and Lignin Recovery. Energies. 2014; 7(2):857-873.

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Gong, Chen; Bujanovic, Biljana M. 2014. "Impact of Hot-Water Extraction on Acetone-Water Oxygen Delignification of Paulownia Spp. and Lignin Recovery." Energies 7, no. 2: 857-873.

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