Biomass conversion: Lignin up for break-down.

  title={Biomass conversion: Lignin up for break-down.},
  author={Pieter C A Bruijnincx and Bert M Weckhuysen},
  journal={Nature chemistry},
  volume={6 12},
Lignocellulosic biomass, such as wood and plant residues, is the most abundant renewable carbon-containing resource on earth1. It mainly consists of lignin, cellulose and hemi-cellulose, yet at present biorefineries are primarily concerned with efficiently converting only (hemi)cellulose to biobased fuels and chemicals. Despite making up a substantial fraction of the lignocellulosic feedstock — from 15 to 40 weight percent (wt%) depending on the plant species — the lignin that is co-produced is… CONTINUE READING