Biomass fractionation and modification

We aim to discover novel solvents and multiphase systems capable of isolating or dissolving lignin and hemicellulose from lignocellulosic biomass and elucidate their mode of action. We aim to produce lignocellulose-based building blocks of uniform quality with respect to chemistry and morphology by uncovering the disassembly and reassembly mechanisms. Furthermore we will propose new methods for modification building blocks.

Project examples:

  • In situ modification of biomass components during fractionation based on molecular oxygen redox chemistry
  • Fundamentals of γ-valerolactone – Biorefinery of birch wood
  • Enzymatic modification of the lignocellulosic building blocks