Hydrothermal production of formic and acetic acids from syringol

Lu Ting Pan, Zheng Shen, Lei Wu, Ya Lei Zhang, Xue Fei Zhou, Fang Ming Jin

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The production of formic and acetic acids (or salts) by hydrothermal oxidation of syringol, a model compound for lignin, was investigated using a batch reactor. Results show that the highest yields of formic and acetic acids were, respectively, 59.6% and 11.3% at the reaction condition of 0.5 mol/L NaOH, 120% H2O2 supply and 280 °C. These results will inform studies aiming to develop more environmental friendly lignin conversion processes by obtaining products beyond a CO2 end product.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-618
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Zhejiang University: Science A
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug


  • Acetic acid
  • Formic acid
  • Hydrothermal process
  • Lignin
  • Syringol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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