A green alternative to wood pulping using highly reactive chemistry

Mark Mascal, University of California Davis, Davis, USA

Challenge area: Highly Reactive Chemistry and Technology

Research from the University of California Davis could revolutionize the pulp and paper industry with a highly reactive process to solubilize cellulose that is more cost-effective and sustainable than standard methods.

Conventional wood pulping processes are energy and chemical intensive and generate a lot of waste. Using a highly reactive medium, it is possible to solubilize wood cellulose at room temperature or lower, leaving lignin behind in powder form. Cost efficient, this innovation is free of ionic liquids for easy recycling.

This green alternative could mark a milestone in the pulp and paper industry, making it more sustainable thanks to reduced waste and chemical and energy needs.

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