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A possible explanation for the structural inhomogeneity of lignin in LCC networks
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology.
2017 (English)In: Wood Science and Technology, ISSN 0043-7719, E-ISSN 1432-5225, Vol. 51, no 6, p. 1365-1376Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Lignin has a very complex structure, and this is partly due to the monomers being connected by many different types of covalent bonds. Furthermore, there are multiple covalent bonds between lignin and polysaccharides in wood, and it is known that the structure of lignin covalently bound to the hemicellulose xylan is different to lignin bound to the hemicellulose glucomannan. Here, synthetic lignin (DHP) is synthesized at different pH and it is shown that lignin made at lower pH has a structure more similar to the lignin bound to xylan, i.e., having higher relative content of beta-O-4 ethers. It is hypothesized that xylan due to its carboxylic acids forms a locally lower pH and thus "direct" the lignin structure to have more beta-O-4 ethers. The biological significance of these results is discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SPRINGER , 2017. Vol. 51, no 6, p. 1365-1376
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Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217020DOI: 10.1007/s00226-017-0941-6ISI: 000413010900008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021955403OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-217020DiVA, id: diva2:1160182
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QC 20171124

Available from: 2017-11-24 Created: 2017-11-24 Last updated: 2018-11-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Valorization of Kraft Lignin by Fractionation and Chemical Modifications for Different Applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Valorization of Kraft Lignin by Fractionation and Chemical Modifications for Different Applications
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Abstract

Lignin is one of the most abundant biopolymers. Approximately 70 million tons of technical lignin is generated annually, but only little is used for products other than energy. The complexity of lignin hinders full utilization in high-value products and materials. In spite of the large recent progress of knowledge of lignin structure and biosynthesis, much is still not fully understood, including structural inhomogeneity. We made synthetic lignin at different pH’s and obtained structural differences that might explain the structural inhomogeneity of lignin.

Technical lignins from the chemical pulping are available in large scale, but the processes result in alterations, such as oxidation and condensation. Therefore, to utilize technical lignin, modifications, such as fractionation and/or chemical modifications are necessary. Fractionation with ceramic membranes is one way to lower the polydispersity of lignin. The main advantage is their tolerance towards high temperature and harsh conditions. We demonstrated that low Mw lignin was extracted from industrially produced LignoBoost lignin aiming: i) to investigate the performance of the membrane over time; ii) to analyze the antioxidant properties of the low Mw lignin.

Chemical modification can also improve the properties of lignin. By adding moieties, different properties can be obtained. Amination and methacrylation of kraft lignin were performed, as well as lignin-silica hybrid materials with potential for the adsorption were produced and investigated.

Non-modified and methacrylated lignin were used to synthesize lignin-St-DVB porous microspheres to be utilized as a sorbent for organic pollutants. The possibility to substitute styrene with methacrylated lignin was evaluated, demonstrating that interaction between lignin and DVB, and porosity increased.

Lignin has certain antibacterial properties. Un-modified and modified (aminated) lignin samples and sphere nanoparticles of lignin were tested for their effect against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria’s and an injectable hydrogel was developed with encapsulated lignin for being used as an injectable gel for the open wounds. Results demonstrated promising antibacterial efficiency of lignins against gram-positive, more especially better inhibition with aminated lignins against gram-positive and negative bacterium.

 

 

Abstract [sv]

SAMMANFATTNING

Lignin är en av de mest förkommande biopolymererna och ca 70 miljoner ton av tekniskt lignin produceras årligen, men endast en mindre del används till andra applikationer än energiproduktion. Ett hinder för användning av lignin i mer komplexa produkter och material är dess komplexa struktur. Trotts senare års stora framsteg när det gäller kunskap om ligninets struktur, är mycket alltjämt dåligt förstått, exempelvis angående den strukturella inhomogeniteten hos lignin. Vi har studerat detta genom att göra syntetiskt lignin vid olika pH, och erhöll strukturella skillnader som kan vara en förklaring till den strukturella inhomogeniteten.

Tekniska ligniner från kemisk massatillverkning är tillgängliga i stor skala, men processerna resulterar i strukturella modifieringar hos ligninet, såsom oxidationer och kondensationer. Därför är fraktionering och modifiering av tekniskt lignin lämpligt. Fraktionering med hjälp av keramiska membran är ett sätt att minska polydisperiteten hos lignin. Den största fördelen är membranens stora tolerans mot höga temperatur och aggressiva kemikalier. Vi använde filtrering på keramiska membran för att framställa lågmolekylärt lignin från den industriella kvaliteten LignoBoost, för att utvärdera membranens prestanda över tid, och analysera antioxidantegenskaperna hos det lågmolekylära ligninet.

Kemisk modifiering kan också användas för att förbättra egenskaperna hos lignin. Genom att koppla på grupper, kan egenskaperna ändras. Amidering och metakrylering av sulfatlignin utfördes liksom tillverkning av lignin-silikon-hybridmaterial, med potential för adsorption, och materialen undersöktes.

Omodifierat och metakrylerat lignin användes tillsammans med styren för att syntetisera porösa mikrosfärer som testades som absorbent för organiska föroreningar. Utvärdering visade att metakrylering ökade interaktionen mellan lignin och polystyren och ökade porositeten.

Lignin har viss antimikrobiell aktivitet. Omodifierade och amiderade ligninprover och sfäriska nanopartiklar av lignin testades för sin verkan mot gram-positiva och gram-negativa bakterier. Resultaten visade lovande resultat för antimikrobiell aktivitet, och särskilt för amiderade ligniner när det gäller grampositiva bakterier. En injicerbar hydrogel med inkapslat lignin utvecklades också för behandling av öppna sår.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 92
Series
TRITA-CBH-FOU ; 2018-61
Keywords
Lignin Valorization- LignoBoost Lignin-Clean Flow Black Lignin- Characterization-Chemical modifications-Fractionation-applications
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Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
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Chemical Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239356 (URN)978-91-7873-046-9 (ISBN)
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2018-12-14, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-11-22 Created: 2018-11-21 Last updated: 2018-11-26Bibliographically approved

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