Deep Eutectic Solvent Delignification: Impact of Initial Lignin

Veronika Majová, Silvia Horanová, Andrea Škulcová, Jozef Šima, Michal Jablonský

Abstract


This study aimed to resolve the issue of the lack of detailed understanding of the effect of initial lignin content in hardwood kraft pulps on pulp delignification by deep eutectic solvents. The authors used Kappa number of the concerned pulp, intrinsic viscosity, and selectivity and efficiency of delignification as the parameters of the effect. The pulp (50 g oven dry pulp) was treated with four different DESs systems based on choline chloride with lactic acid (1:9), oxalic acid (1:1), malic acid (1:1), and system alanine:lactic acid (1:9); the results were compared to those reached by oxygen delignification. The results showed that the pulp with a higher initial lignin content had a greater fraction of easily removed lignin fragments.

Keywords


Deep eutectic solvents; Delignification; Oxygen delignification; Pulp

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