Development of lignin-based nanocomposites

The development of a nanocomposite which is made from lignin is the proof of the fact that the wastes from the agriculture sector can also be fruitful. It could have a high marketing value because of its ability to be used in the packaging of things and coating them. It works as an additive. The development was the remarkable work by the CIAB (Mohali-based Centre of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing)

Lignin is a material found in the bark of the trees and it is mostly present in all the green plants. It has polyphenols and is an organic compound consisting of monomers and can protect against microbes. It often goes to waste from the agricultural industries and was not being brought to use before the development of the nanomaterial.

Dr Jayeeta Bhaumik is doing this study and is leading this research. She said that the aim of making these nanomaterials with the waste of the agricultural industry is to reduce environmental pollution and to protect against the microbes and infections. The waste should be useful and not just get rid of. This will be profitable not only for the environment but also for the farmers.

These nanomaterials were synthesized in a highly professional way taking into consideration the chemicals’ properties and temperatures. The lignin was used as a starting material and was solely used for the derivation of nanomaterials to be of use.

A series of experiments were carried out after its development. Its antimicrobial abilities were assured by the tests and it was also discovered that it had antioxidant properties due to the presence of lignin. The stability of the material and its structure was confirmed.

The doctor added that the development of the product will only be completed after the costs have been calculated for its large scale production and its capacity to increase in size and scale.

A number of researchers have worked with Dr Jayeeta on the team and made the development and production of this possible.