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Lignin recovery, Biochar Production and Decolourisation of Coir pith Black Liquor

Author Affiliations

  • 1School of Environmental Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, INDIA
  • 2School of Environmental Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 1, Issue (ISC-2011), Pages 270-274, (2012)


Coir pith black liquor obtained as a dark brown filtrate from oxidative delignification needs to be decolourised before releasing to open environment. From this liquor industrially valuable lignin was recovered using acid precipitation method. ‘Biochar’ was produced by slow pyrolysis of coir pith at 500oC and 600oC. Water holding capacity and pH of the biochar were estimated. CHNS analysis was carried out to identify the nutrient profile. Structural characterization was done using FTIR and SEM Studies. Biochar produced at 600oC was found to be more suitable for decolourisation of the coir pith black liquor. FTIR analysis indicated peak changes while SEM analysis indicated surface area and porosity changes. Biochar decolourisation experiments were carried out on crude coir pith black liquor and also on lignin recovered coir pith black liquor.


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