Lignin Valorization: Emerging Approaches
Chapter 4: Thermal and Solvolytic Depolymerization Approaches for Lignin Depolymerization and Upgrading
Published:29 Mar 2018
The most direct approaches for lignin depolymerization typically utilize thermal environments (e.g., pyrolysis) or liquefaction (including in water or organic solvents). If tuned appropriately, these processes can yield fuel oils or upgradeable vapors and oils from lignin. This chapter reviews the extensive thermal and solvolysis literature and comments on the applicability of these approaches for particular lignin conversion strategies, primarily into fuels or fuel oils.