Press Release, R&D

Making vanillin from wood pulp lignin

Researchers from the University Putra Malaysia say they’ve discovered an environmentally-friendly way to oxidise lignin — sourced from a local saw mill that processed rubber trees — into vanillin that has the potential to change the economics of vanillin synthesis. Their method is based on the relatively new chemistry of ionic liquids, salts that exist in a liquid state.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.


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