We recently discussed the various factors that are impacting market pulp prices. Market pulp is a critical global commodity within the pulp and paper industry as it plays a primary role in manufacturing numerous paper grades.
Marzouk Benali and Moye Ajao jointly with a team from the University of Delaware brought together by Thomas Epps, III, and including, among others, Marianthi Ierapetritou and Dion Vlachos, have written a paper in which they demonstrate that it is possible to efficiently turn industrially processed lignin into high-performance plastics, such as bio-based 3D-printing resins, and valuable chemicals.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have turned ordinary sheets of wood into transparent material that is nearly as clear as glass, but stronger and with better insulating properties. It could become an energy efficient building material in the future.
Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have developed a new sustainable method of extracting the flavoring agent vanillin from lignin, a component of wood. Large quantities of waste lignin accumulate during the production of pulp, an important raw material for making paper.