Journal of Wood Science

, Volume 64, Issue 5, pp 675–682 | Cite as

Thermopolymerization inhibitors generated via radiolysis of lignin

  • Igor N. Gorbarev
  • Alexander I. Kasterin
  • Polina K. Metreveli
  • Alexander V. PonomarevEmail author
Original Article


The pyrogenic conversion of lignin to a phenolic tar can be significantly enhanced by combining dry distillation with simultaneous electron-beam treatment of lignin. The tar produced by the combined method contains three times more benzenediols in comparison with conventional pyrogenic distillation method. As shown, the tar of radiation-thermal origin can inhibit the thermopolymerization of certain monomers, such as styrene. The inhibiting ability of tar exceeds that of synthetic phenolic inhibitors. In the presence of 0.025 wt% of the tar, the induction period of styrene thermopolymerization at 120 °С is at least 120 min. Radiation-thermal formation of phenolic tar obeys the chain mechanism and thereby, is a highly efficient process.


Lignin Radiolysis Tar Benzenediols Polymerization retarders 



Authors thank the CKP FMI IPCE RAS for technical support (the linac and evaluators).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor N. Gorbarev
    • 1
  • Alexander I. Kasterin
    • 1
  • Polina K. Metreveli
    • 1
  • Alexander V. Ponomarev
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and ElectrochemistryRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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