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A light-colored hydroxypropyl sulfonated alkali lignin for utilization as a dye dispersant

  • Yanlin Qin , Wenjie Mo , Lixuan Yu , Dongjie Yang EMAIL logo and Xueqing Qiu EMAIL logo
From the journal Holzforschung


A light-colored hydroxypropyl sulfonated alkali lignin (HSAL) was synthesized based on pine alkali lignin (AL) by grafted-sulfonation and crosslinking reaction processes. The reactions were evaluated by gel-permeation chromatography (GPC), infrared (IR) and proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR) spectroscopy. The sulfonic group content and the molecular weight (Mw) of HSAL significantly increased, while the phenolic hydroxyl groups diminished by around 80% compared to AL. The color of HSAL turned to light yellow compared to the dark brown color of AL, that is, it stained less the fiber. The dispersity, heat stability, and dye uptake of dye bath with HSAL was significantly improved compared to sodium lignosulfonate, sulfomethylated AL, and dispersants of the naphthalene series.

Corresponding authors: Dongjie Yang and Xueqing Qiu, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510640, China; and State Key Lab of Pulp and Paper Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510640, China, e-mail: (D. Yang); (X. Qiu)


The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of the National Basic Research Program of China 973 (2012CB215302), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21436004), International S&T Cooperation Program of China (2013DFA41670), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2014ZP0003).


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Received: 2015-1-8
Accepted: 2015-3-27
Published Online: 2015-5-1
Published in Print: 2016-2-1

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