Special Issue "Lignin for Energy, Chemicals and Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)
Prof. Dr. Charles Xu
Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Western University, Ontario, Canada
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Interests: Biorefining technologies; Bio-fuels; Bio-based chemicals; Bio-based materials; Thermochemical conversion; Hydrothermal liquefaction; Pyrolysis; Combustion; Gasification; Lignocellulosic biomass; Forestry residues; Agricultural residues; Sugars; Starch; Cellulose; Lignin; Municipal solid wastes; Wastewater sludge; Catalysis; Catalysts; Chemical reaction engineering; Green process engineering
Dr. Michael Paleologou
Research Leader, Lignin Products, Biorefinery Program, FPInnovations, 570 boul. Saint-Jean, Pointe-Claire(QC) H9R 3J9, Canada
Interests: forest biorefinery; lignin recovery; lignin characterization; lignin products; hemicellulose recovery; hemicellulose products; methanol recovery; biomass processing operations; process integration and economics; black and red liquor characterization; chemical recovery; chemical separation and regeneration technologies for kraft, sulphite and BCTMP mills; system closure
Lignin is the second most abundant natural renewable polymer after cellulose. Natural lignin is a phenolic polymer of three monolignols with an amorphous macromolecular structure. Lignin is currently being produced in large quantities as a by-product of chemical pulping and cellulosic ethanol processes. According to the International Lignin Institute, about 40–50 million tonnes of kraft lignin (KL) are generated each year, globally, in the form of “black liquor”. While combustion of black liquor to regenerate pulping chemicals and to produce steam and power is an integral part of the kraft process, a small portion of the lignin can be removed without compromising mill material and energy balances. Meanwhile, the production of ethanol, butanol and platform chemicals (e.g., lactic, succinic and other organic acids) from cellulosic sugars is growing. For this to achieve extensive commercial success on a worldwide basis, value-added applications are needed for the hydrolysis lignin by-products that are generated from lignocellulose hydrolysis processes.
Many studies have been conducted on lignin utilization. Similar to other carbonaceous solid fuels, lignin can be a source for energy and fuels (e.g., combustion/co-combustion of lignin for energy, pyrolysis or hydrothermal liquefaction of lignin for bio-oils/liquid bio-fuels, or gasification of lignin for syngas/hydrogen, etc.). The presence of various functional groups (aromatic ring free positions and hydroxyl groups) on lignin structure, biodegradability, antioxidant, flame retardant and reinforcing capability make it as a potential candidate for the production of bio-aromatic chemicals (e.g., vanillin, phenols and antioxidants), bio-based polymeric materials (e.g., resins and polymers), and carbon fibers for use as reinforcement fillers in thermoplastic polymers, light-weight composite materials, as well as graphene for use in supercapacitors for energy storage. Direct use of lignin for chemical synthesis and materials can be challenging because the molecular weight is too high and because reactivity is reduced due to steric hindrance effects. The reactivity of lignin could be enhanced through some chemical modifications and thermochemical de-polymerization processes.
This Special Issue aims to cover recent progress and trends in the utilization of lignin or modified/de-polymerized lignin in chemical synthesis, materials and energy. Submissions are welcome but not limited to the topics listed below. Types of contributions to this Special Isssue can be full research articles, short communications, and reviews focusing on the utilization of lignin for energy/fuels, chemical and materials.
- Extraction of lignin from pulping processes or cellulosic ethanol processes;
- Chemical modification/de-polymerization of lignin;
- Combustion/co-combustion of lignin for energy;
- Pyrolysis or hydrothermal liquefaction of lignin for bio-oils/liquid bio-fuels;
- Gasification of lignin for syngas/hydrogen;
- Production of bio-aromatic chemicals from lignin (e.g., vanillin, phenols and antioxidants);
- Synthesis of bio-based polymeric materials from lignin (e.g., resins and polymers)
- Production of carbon fibers as reinforcement fillers in thermoplastic polymers or light-weight composite materials
- Production of graphene for use in supercapacitors for energy storage.
Prof. Chunbao (Charles) Xu
Dr. Michael Paleologou
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- Chemical characterization
- Chemical modification
- Hydrothermal liquefaction
- Bio-aromatic chemicals
- Carbon fibers