Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch


  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_6905

\lig-nәn\ n (1822) The major non-carbohydrate constituent of wood and woody plants, functioning in nature as a binder to hold the matrix of cellulose fibers together. Lignins are obtained commercially from by-products of coniferous woods, for example by treating wood flour with a derivative of lignosulfonic acid. They are used as extenders in phenolic resins, and sometimes as reactants in the production of phenol-formaldehyde resins. (Hoadley RB (2000) Understanding wood. The Taunton, Newtown, CT)

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