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Analytical Cluster (standard protocols)
Computer simulation of lignin production
Industrially 80% phenol replacement in resoles
New lignin production plant in Canada
New lignin production plant in Finland
2 new updated GPC protocols
Molecular mass reference samples
Since 2002, the thematic network EUROLIGNIN financed by the European Union, has been analysing existing and new research approaches in the lignin field. This network has brought about the creation of the umbrella programme within ILI, which includes analytical work, application research and further synergistic activities with other projects, for example in the field of biorefineries. More recent results of the research carried out in some of the projects being part of the ILI umbrella programme are available on the ONLINE NEWSLETTER.
The above picture shows the progress achieved since 2002 until 2015. In the beginning all items were pink. What now rests to achieve is mainly networked application oriented research.

The mission of this umbrella programme is:

to promote exchanges between virtually all existing lignin projects. This goal is realized through official information exchange channels like newsletters, press releases, and publications, as well as through work on common themes such as analytical methods, solubility, toxicity, life cycle studies etc.
to improve the quality of new research proposals by encouraging exchanges between potential partners, collecting information to identify the most promising new research approaches and, last but not least, facilitating the emergence of new stakeholders in the lignin field.

Lignin research will face a major challenge in the next 5 to 10 years, which is to develop its budgets to a degree that corresponds, at least partially, to its importance in nature and to the importance of its technological potential.

To reach this target, the lignin field will have to move from traditional and ad hoc research, based on a few teams, mostly with wood and paper background, to a more modern highly interactional network, involving many interdisciplinary research teams based on material sciences and life sciences.

A continuation of the successful implementation of such scenario will request:

even more involvement in high added value topics, like nanosciences, smart polymers and topic related to life sciences;
further skillful integration of lignin research into biorefinery and bioenergy concepts;
identification of new stakeholders on the side of lignin applications. In the present situation there are multiple potential lignin sources and lignin production processes, among which 3 new big scale production projects, but not enough companies doing testing of these lignins are involved;
a dramatic reduction of the average time of penetration for new research results into the scientific network.

EU Projects

Partners from many EU projects, financed by the European Commission, are part of the informal umbrella programme. Examples can be seen by clicking on the title on the left. More recent project information and results are available on the ONLINE NEWSLETTER.
National Projects
These projects financed by national research funds are examples being part of the informal network of the ILI umbrella programme. More recent project information and results are available on the ONLINE NEWSLETTER.
Coordination network for lignin standardisation, production and applications adapted to market requirements
Analytical Cluster
ILI has developped an analytical cluster including the main analytical parameters for lignin. More than 20 different lignins have been analysed.
Size Exclusion Chromatography
The latest news about the ongoing work in the GPC/SEC working group of ILI.
Norms and Standards
Informations about development of Norms and Standards in ILI. Updated latest versions of protocols. Development work on molar mass and functional groups
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