Lignin for aromatic platform chemicals and fuels
Lignin can be depolymerised by Laccace enzyme catalysis and oxygen from air, resulting in aromatic components. Dr. Tim Devlamynck of BBEU (Bio Base Europe Pilot plant), Belgium, reported the latest results at the workshop Efficient and Sustainable Production of High Added Value Biochemicals via Biotechnological and Chemocatalytic Routes at BPF, Delft, 15 May 2019.
Lignin can be depolymerised by Laccace enzyme catalysis and oxygen from air, resulting in aromatic components. The components can be used in phenolic resins and may replace Bisphenol A resins. It can also be used as a sulphur free marine fuel. The process is researched in the EU consortium project FALCON.
I attended this workshop because of its aim to bring together researchers from industry and academia, industrial players, local stakeholders and policy makers to discuss recent advances in the production of high added value bio-based platform chemicals.