Conversion of lignin-rich residues to functional carbons for environmental remediation and energy storage

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Dr Zhanying Zhang
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Lignoncellulosic biomass such as sugarcane bagasse and corn stover is the most abundant bioresource on Earth. It is also a potential renewable feedstock for the production of biofuels and biochemical.

However, biochemical processes only utilise cellulose and hemicellulose in biomass, leaving lignin and undigested carbohydrate residue as a waste.

Research activities

This PhD project aims to convert the lignin-rich residue to high value functional carbons, which will improve the economics of the biorefinery process.

Novel carbon production and modification approaches will be developed in this PhD project.


The carbons will be characterised and assessed for environmental remediation and energy storage.


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