Recent advances in black liquor valorization

Raj Morya, Madan Kumar, Isha Tyagi, Ashutosh Kumar Pandey, Jungsu Park, Tirath Raj, Ranjna Sirohi, Vivek Kumar, Sang Hyoun Kim

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Lignocellulosic biomass is projected as a prospective renewable alternative to petroleum for the production of fuel and chemicals. Pretreatment is necessary to disrupt the lignocellulosic structure for extraction of cellulose. Biomass after pretreatment is segregated into cellulose rich solid fraction and black liquor (lignin and hemicelluloses) as a liquid stream. The plant polysaccharide-based industry primarily utilizes the cellulosic fraction as raw material, and carbon rich black liquor discarded as waste or burnt for energy recovery. This review highlights the recent advancements in the biological and chemical valorization of black liquor into fuels and chemicals. The recent research attempted for bioconversion of black liquor into Bioplastic, Biohydrogen, Biogas, and chemicals has been discussed. In addition, the efforts to replace the conventional energy recovery method with the advanced chemical process along with their modifications have been reviewed that will decide the sustainability of the lignocellulosic biomass-based industry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126916
JournalBioresource technology
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Apr

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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