The International Lignin Institute (ILI) is an international professional association, created in 1992, with headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland), primarily functioning as an interactive networking organisation where an active core of experts connects you with the information and contacts you need and where you have access to a intelligently structured database with articles and news for experts and newcomers
A particular emphasis is given to prepare data allowing Simplified Access to Lignin Complexity for New Researchers more (PhDs, Postdocs, other Scientists in research organisations or industry) in order to quickly and efficiently learn about the main issues in the lignin field which would otherwise be very difficult and time consuming.
Lignin Users can take profit of our organisation by getting support for start up of new projects, but also for improvement of existing products and research, as well as all the other points described on this page, including sampling, the progress evaluation, the pilot programme and the advancement in analytical methods.
ILI has contacts with virtually all lignin producers in industry and research (all public biorefinery research project involving lignin are member of our umbrella programme). On request, Access to Commercial and Experimental Lignins is given to members, through personalised contact details and support for obtaining the samples.
Created in november 2017, the Pilot Programme aims at an accelerated transition towards industrial application.Its objective is to speed up the passage from research to market.In a first step, information about the stage of development of selected lignin applications is collected, including research needs, as well as technical and non-technical barriers to real industrial implementation.
For the startup of this activity a relatively large selection of lignin applications has been defined. Restriction to less topics at a later stage can be expected.
The Progress evaluation presents upcoming new information on the topic of lignin in real time as it becomes available. It is organised in 10 subtopics: General Information, Production, Modification, Analytics and Structure, Thermosets, Thermoplastics, Speciality Chemicals, Smart Polymers, Life Science, and Other.
It involves all type of publications but one of its strong points is to give access to not widely published papers from conferences and workshops and to PhDs about the lignin topic.