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Selective lignin depolymerization is a key step in lignin valorization to value-added products, and there are multiple catalytic methods to cleave labile aryl-ether bonds in lignin. However, the overall aromatic monomer yield is inherently limited by refractory carbon-carbon linkages, which are abundant in lignin and remain intact during most selective lignin deconstruction processes. In this work, we demonstrate that a Co/Mn/Br-based catalytic autoxidation method promotes carbon-carbon bond cleavage in acetylated lignin oligomers produced from reductive catalytic fractionation. The oxidation products include acetyl vanillic acid and acetyl vanillin, which are ideal substrates for bioconversion. Using an engineered strain of Pseudomonas putida, we demonstrate the conversion of these aromatic monomers to cis,cis-muconic acid. Overall, this study demonstrates that autoxidation enables higher yields of bioavailable aromatic monomers, exceeding the limits set by ether-bond cleavage alone.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2277-2285
Number of pages9
JournalACS Central Science
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-2A00-87217


  • biomass
  • catalytic autoxidation
  • lignin valorization
  • muconic acid


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