The solubility of lignin in a mixture of γ-valerolactone (GVL) and water at different weight ratios was measured using the Hildebrand solubility parameters. Based on the molecular structure of lignin, its solubility parameter (δ-value) was calculated as 25.5 MPa1/2. The δ-value for aqueous GVL solvent increased from 23.1 MPa1/2 for pure GVL to 45.6 MPa1/2 for pure water. Therefore, the lignin solubility was predicted to increase with increasing GVL concentration in the aqueous mixture up to approximately 92–96 wt % of GVL. A ternary diagram describing the phase behavior of water–GVL–lignin mixtures at room temperature was constructed based on the experimental results. The three-component system exhibited a complex behavior with a liquid–liquid and solid–liquid–liquid phase split. The efficiency of the selected fractionation trials in a previous work was validated using the ternary solubility diagram. A promising recovery pathway and lignin isolation method were deduced from the results of this work.
|Sivut||2939 - 2947|
|Tila||Julkaistu - 10 lokakuuta 2016|
|OKM-julkaisutyyppi||A1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu|