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June 16-21, 2019


Due to the complex chemical structure of lignin, the fundamental chemistry underlying its pyrolysis behaviour is poorly understood. A detailed knowledge of this chemistry would allow for the construction of detailed predictive chemical kinetic models, which could be used to maximise the efficiency of the pyrolysis process.

Lignin is comprised of three monolignols, guaiacyl, p-hydroxyphenyl and syringyl. These are joined together by aryl ether linkages of which β-O-4 is the most common, representing approximately 50% of the linkages found in lignin.[1] In this study, pyrolysis (20oC/minute heating rate) was carried out on a lignin model compound, guaiacylglycerol-β-guaiacyl ether (GGE). GGE is composed of two guaiacyl subunits connected by a β-O-4 linkage, making it broadly representative of the lignin motif and as such an important lignin model compound. A detailed understanding of the thermal degradation of GGE under pyrolysis conditions will provide valuable information of the role of the β-O-4 linkage in lignin.

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