Consortium Name

Joint research institutions for rural area lignin resource system(SIP-Lignin)

Project Title

Towards Technological Innovation on Rural Area Lignin Biomass Resources Utilization System

Principal Investigator

Dr. Yamada Tatsuhiko (Prof.)
(National Research and Development Agency, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, FFPRI)

Terms of Implementation

2014 – 2019 (5 years)

Research Themes and Members

(1)Development of glycol lignin production technology using forest residues and to establish stable supply system

FFPRI, Nagoya University, University of Tsukuba, Akita Prefectural University, Harima Chemicals Group, Inc., Morooka Co., Ltd., Dorcon Co., Ltd., Toclas Corporaion, Unitika Ltd. 

(2)Development of lignin-clay hybrid materials fabrication

AIST (Tohoku), Tokyo University of Technology, Shizuoka Institute of Science and Technology, Japan Matex Co. Ltd., Kunimine Industries Co., Ltd., Miyagi Kasei Co., Ltd., Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co., Ltd. 

(3)Development of high efficiency lignin decomposition technique to produce building blocks and synthesize engineering polymer

RIKEN, Tokyo University of agriculture and Technology, Kyoto Prefectural University, Kyoto University, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation 

(4)Development of advanced technology for effective utilization of by-product polysaccharides

National Agricultural and Food Research Organization-National Food Research Institute, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Musashino Chemical Laboratory, Ltd. 

Expected outcome

 Development of a series of technologies, starting from harvesting of forest residues, processing of lignin production and functionalization to fabrication of end products as well as processing of by-product utilization in order to establish a new lignin business platform, which bring the high profits to the rural area economics.