Recent advancement in lignin biorefinery : With special focus on enzymatic degradation and valorization

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  • Chong Li
  • Chao Chen
  • Xiaofen Wu
  • Chi-Wing Tsang
  • Jianbin Yan
  • Yun Liu

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Original languageEnglish
Article number121898
Journal / PublicationBioresource Technology
Online published26 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


With the intensive development of lignocellulosic biorefineries to produce fuels and chemicals from biomass-derived carbohydrates, lignin was generated at a large quantity every year. Therefore, lignin has received increasing attention as an abundant aromatics resource in terms of research and development efforts for value-added chemicals production. In this review, studies about lignin degradation especially the crucial enzymes involved and the reaction mechanism were substantially discussed, which provided the molecular basis of lignin biodegradation. Then, the latest improvements in lignin valorization by biological methods were summarized and case studies about value-added compounds from lignin were introduced. Afterwards, challenges, opportunities and prospects regarding biorefinery of lignin were presented.

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  • Biological conversion, Enzymatic degradation, Lignin, Value-added products

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