The synthesis and analysis of advanced lignin model polymers†
If the lignin-first biorefinery concept becomes a reality, high quality lignins close in structure to native lignins will become available in large quantities. One potential way to utilise this renewable material is through depolymerisation to aromatic chemicals. This will require the development of new chemical methods. Here, we report the synthesis and characterisation of advanced lignin model polymers to be used as tools to develop these methods. The controlled incorporation of the major linkages in lignin is demonstrated to give complex hardwood and softwood lignin model polymers. These polymers have been characterised by 2D HSQC NMR and GPC analysis and have been compared to isolated lignins.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Lignin chemistry and valorisation