Value-added biobased building blocks from lignin come within reach


A research project led by a British bioplastics developer, Biome Bioplastics, has demonstrated the feasibility of extracting organic chemicals from lignin for the manufacture of bioplastics.

Lignin is a complex hydrocarbon that helps to provide structural support in plants and trees. As a waste product of the pulp and paper industry, lignin is a potentially abundant and low-cost feedstock for the high performance chemicals that could provide the foundation for the next generation of bioplastics.

The research was undertaken in conjunction with the University of Warwick's Centre for Biotechnology and Biorefining led by Professor Tim Bugg, whose team has been working to develop methods to control the breakdown of lignin using bacteria and extract these chemicals in significant quantities.
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