Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 46, Issue 5, pp 807–808 | Cite as

Production of phenol compounds by alkaline treatment of poplar wood bark

  • T. Radoykova
  • S. Nenkova
  • K. Stanulov

It is well known that, as a result of thermo-chemical treatment in a water-alkaline medium, lignin is destroyed and low-molecular-weight phenol compounds are obtained [1, 2, 3, 4]. Low-molecular-weight phenol compounds (LMPC) 2-methoxyphenol, 2,6-dimethoxyphenol, vanillin, etc. were previously obtained from the alkaline destruction of technical hydrolysis lignin (THL), wood biomass, and poplar wood bark [5]. The optimal conditions for obtaining LMPC were lignin– 5% NaOH ratio 1:10 and process duration 6 hours. The experiment has been carried out at 180°C [6].

Technical hydrolysis lignin is not as common a residue as wood bark. Moreover, treatment of the poplar wood bark leads to a considerably higher yield of low-molecular-weight compounds in comparison with those from THL treatment [5]. This statement is due to the more condensed THL structure. The aim of the present investigation is to carry out alkaline treatment of poplar wood bark under different conditions.

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Phenol Compound Vanillin Polyethyleneglycol Alkaline Treatment Ethanone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Chemical Technology and MetallurgySofiaBulgaria

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