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Lignin refining for high value applications

The proposal for The Bioeconomy Research Programme 2018–2020 consists of a number of programme areas containing a variety of research topics. The programme areas each address mutual questions and opportunities of great interest to a consortium of RISE customers. All programme areas are planned for three years.

Different types of lignin originating from kraftpulp mills, sulphite pulp mills, ethanol production plants and agricultural waste all have unique characteristics. To understand which applications, they are best suited for, we will include studies on separation techniques, tailoring of properties, and material development. The target products are carbonised lignin applications such as carbon fibres, energy storage and emission control, where lignin represents an affordable and sustainable alternative to current fossil-based components. Non-carbonised lignin applications, for example, adhesives, coatings and sealants will also be studied and technoeconomically evaluated.