Flow-Through Solvolysis Enables Production of Native-Like Lignin from Biomass

David Brandner, Jacob Kruger, Nicholas Thornburg, Gregory Facas, Jacob Kenny, Reagan Dreiling, Ana Rita Morais, Tom Renders, Nicholas Cleveland, Renee Happs, Rui Katahira, Todd Vinzant, Daniel Wilcox, Yuriy Román-Leshkov, Gregg Beckham

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The inherent reactivity of lignin in conventional biomass processing commonly prevents isolation of native lignin and limits monomer yields from catalytic depolymerization strategies that target aryl-ether bonds. Here we show that flow-through solvolysis with methanol at 225 °C produces native-like lignin from poplar, enabling the study of intrinsic lignin properties and evaluation of steady-state lignin depolymerization processes.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)5437-5441
Number of pages5
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number15
StatePublished - 7 Aug 2021

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-2A00-80286


  • depolymerization
  • flow-through solvolysis
  • lignin
  • methanol
  • poplar


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