Delignification of wood and kraft pulp with polyoxometalates

Edward L. Springer, Richard S. Reiner, Ira A. Weinstock, Rajai H. Atalla, Michael W. Wemple, Elena M.G. Barbuzzi

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Finely divided aspen and spruce woods and a high lignin pine kraft pulp have been selectively delignified to low lignin levels using aqueous solutions of polyoxometalates under anaerobic conditions. The reduced polyoxometalates in the solutions can be reoxidized with oxygen and act as wet oxidation catalysts for the mineralization of the solubilized lignin and carbohydrate fragments to carbon dioxide and water.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPulping Conference, Proceedings of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 Pulping Conference. Part 3 (of 3) - Montreal, Can
Duration: 25 Oct 199829 Oct 1998


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