Method of processing and fractionating biomass and use of fractions thus obtained

Antero Varhimo (Inventor), Matti Siika-Aho (Inventor), Jari Sirviö (Inventor), Sari Liukkonen (Inventor), Marjo Määttänen (Inventor)

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    The present invention relates to a method of treating biomass, comprising providing a lignocellulosic biomass feedstock; contacting the biomass feedstock in a mixture, which is formed by the biomass, water and an alkaline agent, with an oxidizing agent at an elevated temperature; and continuing the contacting of the biomass feedstock with the oxidizing agent until a notable part of the lignin is solubilised. The step of providing the biomass feedstock comprises contacting a biomass raw-material containing cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin in an aqueous phase with an alkaline agent; continuing the contacting of the biomass with the alkaline agent until a significant portion of the hemicellulose is dissolved in the aqueous phase to provide a modified biomass; recovering the modified biomass; optionally opening the structure of the modified biomass by mechanical treatment; and using the modified biomass as a lignocellulosic biomass feedstock. Treating the biomass provides hemicellulose, lignin and cellulose fractions that have a multitude of applications in the bioeconomy.

    Patent family as of 23.11.2021
    EP3209830 A1 20170830 EP20150852476 20151019      
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    US10266610 BB 20190423 US20150521310 20151019      
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    Original languageEnglish
    Patent numberUS10266610B2
    IPCD21C 9/ 00 A N
    Priority date19/10/15
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2017
    MoE publication typeH1 Granted patent


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