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Micro and Nanolignin in Aqueous Dispersions and Polymers - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128237021

Micro and Nanolignin in Aqueous Dispersions and Polymers

1st Edition

Interactions, Properties, and Applications

Editors: Debora Puglia Carlo Santulli Fabrizio Sarasini
Paperback ISBN: 9780128237021
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st November 2021
Page Count: 600
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Micro and Nanolignin in Aqueous Dispersions and Polymers: Interactions, Properties, and Applications presents the very latest research on lignin biorefinery treatments, production, chemistry, and refining, exploring a range of innovative applications of lignin and lignin-based composites at both the micro and the nanoscale.

The book begins by presenting the latest developments in extraction methods and properties, with topics including methods for value-added microlignin, color characteristics, refining and functionalization, depolymerization for phenolic monomer production, and production of sulphur-free lignin nanoparticles. This is followed by in-depth sections focusing on the preparation of lignin for advanced applications at the microscale, then at the nanoscale, covering a range of areas such as construction, fiber manufacturing, food packaging, biomedicine, wood preservation, wastewater treatment, and agriculture.

This valuable resource enables the reader to identify the high added value of a biomass residue and supports possible development and use for mass and niche high impact application sectors. This information is of interest to researchers, scientists, and advanced students, across bio-based polymers and bio-composites, polymer science and engineering, nanomaterials, chemistry, sustainable materials, materials science, and chemical engineering. Moreover, it is also addressed to the professionals that as well as those in an R&D industrial setting to are looking on ideas and perspectives on how to utilize bio-based materials in advanced industrial applications.

Key Features

  • Provides detailed information on extraction methods, properties, refining and functionalization processes
  • Guides the reader through the preparation of lignin both at the micro and nanoscale, as a filler, a matrix, and in all-lignin composites
  • Takes a design-for-application approach, opening the door to high value applications across a range of sectors


Academic: Researchers, scientists, and advanced students, across bio-based polymers and bio-composites, polymer science, nanomaterials, chemistry, sustainable materials, materials science and engineering, and chemical engineering. Industry: Scientists, R&D, and engineers looking to utilize bio-based materials in advanced industrial applications (e.g. construction, additive manufacturing, packaging, biomedical, agriculture)

Table of Contents

Part I - Micro and Nanolignin Extraction and Properties
1. Microlignin: where to find and how to recover it
2. Colour characteristics of microlignin
3. Lignin depolymerization for monomers production by sustainable processes
4. Nanolignin: extraction methodologies and their impact assessment

Part II - Applications of Lignin at the Microscale
5. Lignin-based composites for packaging application
6. Lignin as flame retardant in biopolymers
7. Manufacture and application of lignin-based carbon fibers (LCFs) and lignin-based carbon nanofibers (LCNFs)
8. The use of lignin as a precursor for carbon fibre reinforced composites
9. Effect of lignin in biobased/oil-based polymer blends

Part III - Applications of Lignin at the Nanoscale
10. Lignin nanoparticles as antioxidant/antimicrobial organic material in food packaging
11. Lignin for dye and metal ion remediation in aqueous systems
12. Lignin nanoparticles in coatings for wood preservation
13. Chemical Modification and Functionalization of Lignin Nanoparticles
14. Biopolymer/nanolignin films with enhanced toughness
15. Lignin in Nanocomposite Hydrogels


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About the Editors

Debora Puglia

Dr. Debora Puglia is a Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy. Involved in the development and characterization of polymeric, composite and nanocomposite materials, her research interests are related to the study of biodegradable polymers and nanocomposites, thermosetting and thermoplastic matrix composites reinforced with vegetable fibers, nanocomposites reinforced with silica, lignocellulosic and carbon nanostructures. Dr. Puglia has co-edited 1 book, authored 20 book chapters and published more than 150 papers in peer reviewed journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy

Carlo Santulli

Dr. Carlo Santulli is Associate Professor of Materials Science and Technology at the Università degli Studi di Camerino, where he lectures on materials science and experimentation to industrial designers. His research interests are in composite materials and nanocomposites, natural fibres and sustainable materials, waste upcycling, bio-inspired design and biomimetics. He has around 30 years experience in this field, having worked at the Università di Roma - La Sapienza, JRC Ispra, University of Liverpool, where he got his PhD, University of Nottingham, University of Reading, and Seconda Università di Napoli. He has also been Invited Researcher and Professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne, Université de Rouen, Università di Bologna, and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Dr. Santulli has over 200 publications to his name, including a book on biomimetics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, School of Science and Technology, Università degli Studi di Camerino, Italy

Fabrizio Sarasini

Dr. Fabrizio Sarasini is Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Environment of the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, at the Sapienza University of Rome. His research interests include the use of plant fibres in biopolymers (biodegradable or from renewable resources) for designing biocomposites with reduced environmental impact, the combination of natural fibres (mineral and vegetal) in hybrid composites for designing sustainable composites for semi-structural applications, the valorization of agro-industrial wastes as fillers in thermoplastic matrices (micro- and nanoscale), and the low and high velocity impact response of composite materials for structural applications. He has more than 90 international peer-reviewed journal papers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Environment of the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

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