Using a low melting solvent mixture to extract value from wood biomass

Jaakko Hiltunen, Lauri Kuutti, Stella Rovio, Eini Puhakka, Tommi Virtanen, Taina Ohra-Aho, Sauli Vuoti (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

Green chemistry, sustainability and eco-efficiency are guiding the development of the next generation of industrial chemical processes. The use of non-edible lignocellulosic biomass as a source of chemicals and fuels has recently raised interest due to the need for an alternative to fossil resources. Valorisation mainly focuses on cellulose, which has been used for various industrial scale applications for decades. However, creating an economically more viable value chain would require the exploitation of the other main components, hemicellulose and lignin. Here, we present a new low melting mixture composition based in boric acid and choline chloride, and demonstrate its efficiency in the fractionation of wood-based biomass for the production of non-condensed lignin, suitable for further use in the search for sustainable industrial applications, and for the selective conversion of hemicelluloses into valuable platform chemicals.
Original languageEnglish
Article number32420
JournalScientific Reports
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Keywords

  • low melting mixture
  • fractionation of wood-based biomass
  • boric acid
  • choline chloride
  • non-condensed lignin
  • conversion of hemicelluloses
  • platform chemicals

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Using a low melting solvent mixture to extract value from wood biomass. / Hiltunen, Jaakko; Kuutti, Lauri; Rovio, Stella; Puhakka, Eini; Virtanen, Tommi; Ohra-Aho, Taina; Vuoti, Sauli (Corresponding Author).

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 6, 32420, 2016.

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