Over the past four decades, there has been immense progress in every area of lignin science, ranging from the enzymology of lignin biodegradation, to the delignification of wood fiber during pulping and bleaching, to advances in spectroscopy. Lignin and Lignans: Advances in Chemistry captures the developments that have been achieved by world-class scientists in the most critical aspects of this burgeoning field.
Tools for the characterization of lignin and lignans
After an overview of the topic, the book discusses the significance and comparative performances of the most commonly used chemical degradation methods and presents lignin structural information based on the use of these methods. Next, the book explores spectroscopic methods, including UV-visible absorption, fluorescence, Raman, infra red (IR), near-infrared (NIR), nuclear magenetic resonance (NMR), and heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy. It then compares the results of studies of lignin in situ with studies of isolated lignins.
The authors discuss polymer properties related to thermal stability and molecular motion of lignin in the solid state. They describe applications of electronic structure calculations to the chemistry of lignin, and they explore lignin reactions that occur during the chemical pulping of wood by soda, kraft, AQ, and polysulfide processes.
Chemistry associated with industrial processes
The book describes chemical pulp bleaching, oxidative and reductive lignin-retaining bleaching, and lignin biodegradation. It also examines the application of microorganisms and the enzymes they produce in the manufacturing of chemical and mechanical pulp. The book closes with chapters on photodegradation and chromophore formation and the pharmacological properties of lignans.
Highlighting significant developments on selected topics, this essential reference for those in industry and academia is designed to fuel further research and discovery in this specialized area, especially in the emerging field of biorefining.
"This book was accomplished with the contributions of renowned specialists in the field of lignin chemistry, and it is a very useful tool for many scientists, students and postgraduates aiming at opening a new era for this valuable compound accessible from renewable resources processed by biorefining. It may be helpful not only in research and development, but also in the line of teaching."
—Valentin I. Popa, Cellulose Chem. Technol., 47(5-6), 487-494 (2013)
Overview; D. Dimmel
Determining Lignin Structure by Chemical Degradations; C. Lapierre
Electronic Spectroscopy of Lignins; J. A. Schmidt
Vibrational Spectroscopy; U. P. Agarwal and R. H. Atalla
NMR of Lignins; J. Ralph and L. L. Landucci
Heteronuclear NMR Spectroscopy of Lignins; D. S. Argyropoulos
Functional Groups and Bonding Patterns in Lignin (Including the Lignin-Carbohydrate Complexes); G. Brunow and K. Lundquist
Thermal Properties of Isolated and in situ Lignin; H. Hatakeyama and T. Hatakeyama
Reactivity of Lignin-Correlation with Molecular Orbital Calculations; T. Elder and R. C. Fort, Jr.
Chemistry of Alkaline Pulping; D. Dimmel and G. Gellerstedt
Chemistry of Pulp Bleaching; G. Gellerstedt
The Chemistry of Lignin-Retaining Bleaching: Oxidative Bleaching Agents; G. Leary and J. A. Schmidt
The Chemistry of Lignin-Retaining Bleaching: Reductive Bleaching Agents; S. Robert
Lignin Biodegradation; K-E. L. Eriksson
Biopulping and Biobleaching; I. D. Reid, R. Bourbonnais, and M. G. Paice
The Photochemistry of Lignin; C. Heitner
Pharmacological Properties of Lignans; T. Deyama and S. Nishibe