Recovering Native-Like Lignin from Poplar Biomass Using Flow-Through Solvolysis

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Lignin valorization, frequently involving a depolymerization step, is necessary for economic production of lignocellulosic biofuels. However, isolation of lignin frequently degrades the structure such that depolymerization yields from the isolated lignin are decreased relative to the "native" lignin present in the plant. In this work we show that by using flow-through extraction with methanol at 225 degrees C, combined with rapid quenching, we can isolate a "native-like" lignin that produces monomer yields comparable the lignin in the parent biomass under reductive catalytic fractionation (RCF) conditions. This isolated, native-like lignin is shelf-stable at room temperature on a time scale of months, and can be concentrated to a lignin oil and reconstituted in methanol without losing activity. These features will facilitate the study of intrinsic lignin properties and steady-state depolymerization processes.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePresented at the 44th Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC), 1-4 May 2022, New Orleans, Louisiana

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-2800-82821


  • lignin
  • reductive catalytic fractionation
  • solvolysis


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