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Carbohydrate Free Lignin: A Dissolution-Recovery Cycle of Sodium Lignosulfonate in a Switchable Ionic Liquid System
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering, Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademy University, Åbo-Turku, Finland.
2016 (English)In: ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, ISSN 2168-0485, Vol. 4, no 12, 7032-7040 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this work, carbohydrate free lignin wasobtained by treating a technical lignin such as sodiumlignosulfonate (SLS) with a switchable ionic liquid (SIL).The SIL was synthesized from molecular moieties such as 1,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene (DBU), monoethanol amine(MEA), and carbon dioxide gas and characterized by1H,13C,and1H−13C two-dimensional heteronuclear multiple-bondcorrelation nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.The as-synthesized SIL was used as a solvent medium fordissolution of SLS-containing polysaccharide (e.g., glucan andxylan) impurities under various reaction conditions. Parame-ters such as dissolution time and temperature as well as theSLS concentration were varied. In a manner independent of the dissolution time and temperature, 2 g of SIL was able tocompletely dissolve 0.3 g of SLS and≈60% SLS was recovered upon precipitation with an ethanol/hexane antisolvent system.The nonrecovered SLS remained in the viscous SIL phase. However, the dissolution ability of the SIL steadily decreased withincreasing amounts of accumulated SLS. The recovered solids were analyzed by1H−13C two-dimensional heteronuclear single-quantum coherence NMR spectroscopy to elucidate the potential structural changes occurring in the SLS structure afterdissolution−recovery treatment in the SIL. It was observed that in all experiments, SIL demonstrated its ability to extract theinterlinked polysaccharide impurities from the SLS while the linkages and aromatic subunits remain unaffected during thedissolution−recovery cycle. Most importantly, here we describe that the SIL can be used as an affordable solvent medium (incomparison to typical commercially available ionic liquids) to obtain carbohydrate free lignin from an impure lignin source.

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American Chemical Society (ACS), 2016. Vol. 4, no 12, 7032-7040 p.
Keyword [en]
Switchable ionic liquids, Sodium lignosulfonate, Carbohydrate impurity, Lignin pretreatment, 2D NMR analysis
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126880DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01927ISI: 000389497900087ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85002170782OAI: diva2:1038550
Available from: 2016-10-19 Created: 2016-10-19 Last updated: 2017-01-10Bibliographically approved

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