Lignoplast – Functionalized lignin degradation molecules as platform chemicals

Functionalized lignin degradation molecules as platform chemicals for the production of adhesives, paints, polyurethanes and epoxides

In the Lignoplast joint project, 5 research institutes and 8 industrial companies develop innovative processes for the production of aromatic building blocks from various lignin types and their application in adhesive, paint, polyurethane, and epoxy systems. Different technical lignins from pulp production, such as Kraft lignin, and lignins from "biorefinery" processes are used as raw materials. Lignins from "biorefinery" processes are produced as residues of the enzymatic or acidic saccharification, such as Organosolv lignin or hydrolysis lignins.

The required aromatic compounds are obtained by means of hydrolytic degradation of the macromolecular lignins and subsequently functionalized chemically and enzymatically. The structure of the synthesis building blocks is adapted in such a way that new adhesive, paint, polyurethane, and epoxy systems can be formulated. These are used in sample materials and components, which are characterized by application technology and compared with conventional systems. Throughout the entire process chain, economic and ecological balancing and, finally, concept development for industrial implementation take place.

The lignin-based products are used in trial materials and subsequently characterized in terms of their application technology and compared with conventional systems.

Subproject

  • Project 1:  Separation of lignin from lignocellulose, scale-up and coordination (CBP)
  • Project 4: Enzymatic lignin functionalization (IGB-MBT)
  • Project 5: Lignin functionalization and  polymerization, chemical catalysis (IGB-BioCat)

Project information

Project title

Lignoplast – Functionalized lignin degradation molecules as platform chemicals for the production of adhesives, paints, polyurethanes and epoxides

 

Project duration

July 2013 – December 2016

 

Coordinated by

  • Fraunhofer CBP

 

Project partners

  • Fraunhofer-Zentrum für Chemisch-Biotechnologische Prozesse CBP, Leuna (Germany)
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie ICT, Pfinztal-Berghausen (Germany)
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB, Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Holzforschung WKI, Braunschweig (Germany)
  • Robert Krämer GmbH & Co. KG, Rastede (Germany)
  • Jowat AG, Dettmold (Germany)
  • Linde Engineering Dresden GmbH, Dresden (Germany)
  • RAMPF Ecosystems GmbH & Co.KG, Pirmasens (Germany)
  • ASK Chemicals GmbH, Hilden (Germany)
  • VTA GmbH & Co. KG, Niederwinling (Germany)
  • Zellstoff Stendal GmbH, Arneburg (Germany)

 

 

Funding

We would like to thank the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Agency of Renewable Resources (FNR) for funding the project "Lignoplast", promotional reference 22024512.