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New materials and green adhesives made from corn and wood residues
Pere Fullana, director of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change, just published a new paper in collaboration with LEPAMAP (Laboratori d’Enginyeria Paperera i Materials Polímers) from the University of Girona. It’s published under the title “Fiberboards made from corn stalk thermomechanical pulp and kraft lignin as a green adhesive” and it’s free to download at Bioresources.
The Chair's contribution consists on a discussion on the Green Properties of the proposed material. According to Pere Fullana, using corn stalk in fiberboards is environmentally beneficial and waste lignin may be called a green adhesive when substituting it from formaldehyde-based adhesives. However, it also recommends performing LCA studies for specific applications to quantify the environmental impacts of competing alternatives.