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Wood Chemistry and Biorefinery


The Xylochem platform objective is to value and exploit lignocellulosic biomass as a source of raw materials for the chemistry industry. To do this the platform is equipped with facilities for:  

  • Dividing the biomass into its constituent polymers (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin): circulating paper cooking reactor 
  • Separation and purification of biopolymers which is a key step for obtaining highly pure polymers and oligomers (ultrafiltration system and flash chromatography) 
  • The synthesis of bio-sourced polymers: CO2 supercritical reactor, instrumented fermenter 
  • Structural charecterization of polymers at molecular and macromolecular scale: NIR, NMR, AFM, SEC-MALLS