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Breaking lignin into new biomaterials

 

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For wood tissue, lignin plays an essential role. It is a complex molecule located in the cell walls that provides mechanical strength and allows for efficient water transport. It is also quite plentiful. Depending on the species, the lignin in wood can represent between 25 to 30% of the dry weight.

Typically, the lignin produced from the pulp and paper industry (known as kraft lignin) is considered …more