Synthesis of Synthons by Controlled Depolymerisation of Lignocellulosic Biomass

This research topic involves Stéphane Grelier, Frédérique Ham-Pichavant, Henri Cramail, Etienne Grau and Véronique Coma.

Knowing that the fossil fuel available on Earth will be exhausted in the foreseeable future, developing new chemicals from renewable sources is nowadays a strategic research area. Within the last two decades, there has been a growing interest in lignocellulosic residues.

Lignocellulosic biomass is a sustainable resource that offers the production of numerous industrial and non-food consumer products such as fuels, chemicals, and polymeric materials. In this context, chemical and enzymatic depolymerisations of cellulose, lignin and xylan are studied to produce monomers for designing new bio-based copolymers.