Front cover of vol.60 of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Journal by Ph.D. student Carlos Vega

March 10, 2021

The contribution of Ph.D. student Carlos Vega-Aguilar was selected to be the front cover art of Volume 60, Issue 9 of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (I&EC) Journal. 

The cover image is from the work entitled Effect of Methoxy Substituents on Wet Peroxide Oxidation of Lignin and Lignin Model Compounds: Understanding the Pathway to C4 Dicarboxylic Acids by Carlos A. Vega-Aguilar, M.F. Barreiro and A.E. Rodrigues (2021).

 According to I&EC, the cover is about:
"Lignin model compounds (p-hydroxybenzoic acid, vanillic acid, and syringic acid) and hardwood and softwood lignin samples were oxidized using hydrogen peroxide oxidation to evaluate methoxy substituents' effect in C4-DCA production (succinic, maleic, fumaric, malic, and tartaric acids)."

Congratulations Carlos!

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