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Potential Applications of Lignin

  • Marlene KienbergerEmail author
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Abstract

The increasing consumption of fossil fuels is associated with environmental issues such as global warming and environmental pollution. Therefore, efforts have been made to find sustainable alternatives for different materials and energy sources. Plant biomass, especially wood, is the most important renewable material. The main constituents of vascular plants are cellulose with a content of 42–51%, hemicellulose with a content of 24–40%, and lignin with a content of 18–30%. Cellulose and hemicellulose represent the cell walls, while lignin acts as a strengthener thereof, and inhibits enzymatic degradation, regulates water transport, and demonstrates antibacterial activity. The utilization of todays and potential tomorrows application of lignin is summarizes in this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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