Soybean peroxidase treatment of ultra-high kappa softwood pulp to enhance yield and physical properties, TAPPI Journal September 2020

Application: The current work is an initial exploration of surface modifying methodologies. The results from this work suggest that more research needs to be performed in this area of application for potential high-yield pulp development.

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Author: Ved Naithani, Lucian Lucia, Hasan Jameel, and Peter W. Hart
Soybean peroxidase treatment of ultra-high kappa softwood pu
ABSTRACT: The working hypothesis serving as basis for this study is that pulping to a higher kappa number will produce a higher yield pulp, and then treating that pulp with a surface reactive lignin peroxidase to ablate surface lignin will increase specific bonding area. In the present case, the working hypothesis was modified so that soybean peroxidase (SBP) works like lignin peroxidase to modify surface lignin on high-kappa, high-yield softwood pulps to facilitate enhanced fiber-to-fiber bonding such that the resulting paper strength is similar to the lower kappa soft-wood pulp generally used to make linerboard. Soybean peroxidase is actually a plant peroxidase that exhibits lignin peroxidase-like activity. It is not a lignin peroxidase derived from white rot fungus. The current work did show a significant improvement in pulp yield (62.2% vs. 55.2% yield for a 103-kappa control linerboard grade sheet), while treatment with SBP showed that tensile, burst, and STFI properties of the pulp were improved, although more convincing data needs to be obtained.

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