Assessing Lignin-based Material Innovations

March 25, 2016 | State of the Market Report

Lignin is one of the most abundant bio-based materials in nature, and availability is only set to increase as more biorefineries that convert biomass to biofuels and bio-based chemicals ramp up and come online. Due to its diversity and complex structure, lignin can be used as a starting point for various chemical classes, though materials are among the most attractive opportunities. However, converting lignin to such high-value materials – including plastic composites, rubber composites, adhesives, adsorbents, carbon fiber, and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) – is rife with challenges and opportunities. This report assesses these lignin-derived materials, providing a technical overview, value assessment, developer landscape, and final analysis for each, along with recommendations for suppliers and offtakers.

Coverage Areas

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation
  • Bio-based Materials and Chemicals
  • Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Landscape
  • Lignin-derived Material Assessments
  • Plastic composites: Technical overview
  • Rubber composites: Technical overview
  • Adhesives: Technical overview
  • Adsorbents: Technical overview
  • Carbon fiber: Overview
  • Carbon nanotubes: Overview
  • Putting It All Together
  • Addendum: Sample Developer Profiles

Lead Analyst

Meraldo Antonio
Research Associate


Julia Allen
Ross Kozarsky

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