Lignin is a collective name for a series of polymeric compounds found in wood.
"Lignin is an underutilized component that we want to use for the production of biochar, activated carbon and carbon fibers which can be used for water treatment and in the automotive and aerospace industries", says Ulrika Rova, professor in biochemical process engineering at Luleå University of Technology.
The project is financed by Formas within the program Forest raw material and Biomass: Research for a transition to a bio-based economy and will run for four years. Stina Jansson, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University is the project manager for this project conducted within Bio4Energy - a strategic biorefinery centre focusing on research using wood as a raw material.
"Finding new uses for forest residues increases the value of the entire value chain of the forest industry", says Ulrika Rova.