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Isolation, Characterization and Application of Lignin

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2024 | Viewed by 207

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Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering, National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, SI-1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: tailored lignin isolation; lignocellulosic biomass and lignin fractionation; lignin characterization; lignin structure-reactivity correlation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the years, lignin has become an interesting and attractive biopolymer for academic and industrial communities. Lignin is the second most abundant biopolymer on Earth, and it is potentially able to substitute a wide range of materials derived from fossil sources. Moreover, lignin can also be a source of platform aromatic chemicals. Lignin-based materials and chemicals have applications in several sectors, such as construction, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and food and drink manufacturing. However, lignin requires being isolated and transformed into valuable materials using green technologies in order to achieve sustainable development in the optic of the circular economy. Moreover, lignin is a heterogenous polymer that requires specific analytical techniques for its characterization.

This Special Issue focuses on providing an overview of the current scientific progress in the isolation, characterization and application of lignin, with a particular interest in sustainable technologies and methodologies. This Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following aspects:

  • Biorefinery concept;
  • Lignin extraction and isolation from biomasses;
  • Characterization of lignin and lignin-derived compounds;
  • Applications of lignin and lignin-based products;
  • Studies on lignin-based materials recyclability and biodegradability.

Thus, we are delighted to invite you to submit your work for this Special Issue. Topics related to both original and reviewed articles are welcome.

Dr. Edita Jasiukaitytė-Grojzdek
Guest Editor

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  • lignin
  • lignocellulose
  • renewable resources
  • biomass fractionation
  • lignin isolation
  • lignin fractionation
  • lignin valorization
  • biomaterials
  • biocomposites
  • biorefinery concept

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