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‘Nuisance’ polymer becomes biomass breakthrough

A team of scientists at Swiss research institution École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have found a way to turn the biomass waste polymer – lignin – into a source of biofuel.

By adding formaldehyde to the lignin 'waste', which is described as a "nuisance", the scientists claim to be able to convert up to 80% of it into valuable molecules for biofuel and plastics.

The method for doing this can also be scaled up to industrial levels, the EPFL team said.


Source: Laboratory Talk

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