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09/24/13

The key to the treasure in the wood: Scientists of the Kohlenforschung make it easier to use lignin

The key to the treasure in the wood: Scientists of the Kohlenforschung make it easier to use  lignin

Wood as a raw material source could be tapped more easily in the future. Chemists at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung have found an efficient way to make it easier to make use of the components of the biopolymer lignin.

Lignin stabilizes plant cells. It contains organic compounds that are valuable for the chemical industry, for example for the production of biofuels. But these compounds are difficult to get hold of. The chemists from Mülheim can now convert chemically so that they are readily available building blocks.

The researchers published their findings in the journal Angewandte Chemie - International Edition as a Hot Paper: 

Xingyu Wang and Roberto Rinaldi
A Route for Lignin and Bio-Oil Conversion: Dehydroxylation of Phenols into Arenes by Catalytic Tandem Reactions
Angewandte Chemie int. ed.,12. September 2013; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201304776