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Hexion completes expansion of R&D facility in Edmonton, Alberta in partnership with Alberta Innovates

Hexion Inc. completed the expansion of the R&D center at it’s forest products complex in Edmonton, Alberta. The R&D center will be focusing on the development of next generation resin chemistry for panel production which complements company’s existing EcoBind™ resin technology…. Continue Reading →

Lignin Ecosystem Joint Workshop-CEFIC/Pöyry

We are pleased to announce our joint workshop with CEFIC (The European Chemical Industry Council) on Lignin Ecosystem. In the event, we will have presentations from our Lignin Club members and panel discussions on overcoming the barriers of lignin commercialization…. Continue Reading →

Spinning PAN and lignin together to produce carbon fiber for cars,planes

Researchers in Washington State University, led by Birgitte Ahring, Ph.D., has reported that they have produced an automobile-grade carbon fiber containing 20 to 30 percent lignin. Currently carbon fiber found in cars and planes are made from polyarylonitrile (PAN), an expensive and nonrenewable… Continue Reading →

Replacing 100% phenol with lignin in phenolic adhesive formulations

A joint research by Mojgan Nejad from Michigan State University, proves that phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation can be fully replaced by lignin. Up till Nejad’s research only up to 50 percent partial replacement with lignin was possible. Nejad’s research… Continue Reading →

Enerlab receives $1.34 million funding from Canada’s Industry Transformation Program (IFIT)

Enerlab, an insulation manufacturer based in St-Mathieu de Beloeil, Que, has received federal funding for it’s lignin project aiming to replace petroleum based raw materials. Enerlab plans to produce insulating and structural panels with lignin coming from pulp and paper processes… Continue Reading →

Federal Government Announces Support to Canadian Forest Sector

On June 01,2017 Federal Government announced support for Canadian forest sector including market and product diversification and forestry-based indigenous communities. FPInnovations, a non profit R&D institute that supports Canadian forest sector, previously received funding by the Federal Government for innovative… Continue Reading →

Lignin-polyester copolymers and nanofibers for healthcare applications

A recent article published in  the journal of American Chemical Society presents synthesis of new lignin based copolymers, lignin-PCLLA. Stated copolymers were blended with polyesters and converted into ultrafine nanofibers which could improve the mechanical properties of nanofibers. Good antioxidant activity… Continue Reading →

Breakthrough in lignin based carbon fibres

Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife have succeeded in making good quality carbon fibres from lignin. Carbon fibres are not a new application for lignin research, but the challenge has been to produce adequate quality carbon fibres for demanding end-use applications… Continue Reading →

Borregaard to invest NOK 500 million in lignin operations

Borregaard is investing NOK 500 million (~54 MEUR) in upgrading and specialising their 160 000 t/a lignosulphonate production at Sarpsborg site in Norway. The investment includes new drying capacity, liquid storage tanks and improvements in logistics, infrastructure and energy solutions…. Continue Reading →

New Joint Venture for lignin plastics

Meridian Waste Solutions, Meridian Innovations and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites signed an agreement in early April to form a Joint Venture to develop Advanced Lignin’s technology portfolio. The initial focus of the JV will be to produce high performance yet low… Continue Reading →

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