Scientific green fertiliser coating review

A new scientific review has been published in Polymers journal from SUSFERT authors titled:  The Biomodified Lignin Platform: A Review.

The researchers wanted to assess how industry could move away from the excessive reliance on fossil fuels for multiple applications, including for fertiliser coatings, and instead look at the application of green enzyme-based modifications of technical lignins.

“The excessive consumption of raw materials today makes the search for sustainable resources more pressing than ever. Technical lignins are mainly used in low-value applications such as heat and electricity generation,” the Abstract says.

Post-doc research Renate Weiß from BOKU Vienna co-authored the paper with fellow SUSFERT partners. She said that the aim of the review was to further the understanding of the topic by crafting an overview of the research topic over the last 20 years using databases.

 “We tried to produce a comprehensive review on enzymatically modified technical lignins for young researchers in the field,” she said.

Part of the Abstract explains the methodology of the paper further:

“By researching publications from the last 20 years focusing on the latest findings utilizing databases, a comprehensive collection on this topic was crafted.

This review summarizes the recent progress made in enzymatically modifying technical lignins utilizing laccases, peroxidases, and lipases.

The underlying enzymatic reaction mechanisms and processes are being elucidated and the application possibilities discussed.

In addition, the environmental assessment of novel technical lignin-based products as well as the developments, opportunities, and challenges are highlighted.”

This research paper was made possible through funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) under grant agreement No. 792021. The BBI-JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio-Based Industries Consortium.