Can lignin be a substitute for bitumen in asphalt?

Can lignin be a substitute for bitumen in asphalt?

Publicerat 27 September, 2021

Researchers in both Canada and Sweden are currently working on developing  greener asphalt where lignin is the substitute for bitumen. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to listen to Natacha Mongeau (Can), business development manager at FPInnovations and Jonas Ekblad (Swe), Senior researcher at division asphalt within NCC Industry.


Canada and Sweden have a lot in common, including forests. Ongoing research projects on lignin-based asphalt is another common denominator.


FPInnovations has been at the forefront of developing processes to extract and utilize lignin from Canadian forests. For emerging bioeconomy stakeholders and municipalities seeking tangible bioproduct demonstration opportunities, FPInnovations is conducting a study that will demonstrate the feasibility of using lignin produced in Canada to replace part of the bitumen used for asphalt applications.  Lignin in asphalt will be designed to enhance the overall performance of pavements, reduce the GHG emission and stimulate the production of bio-based lignin at pulp mills in Canada.

Natacha Mongeau is a business development manager at FPInnovations. Her role is to identify and create innovative partnerships in win-win business scenarios for the Canadian forest sector’s growth in emerging and sustainable markets. She plans impactful strategies for bioproduct development in collaboration across industries, with a focus on lignin (for applications in asphalt, phenols, adhesives, oligomers, monomers, etc.).



NCC is one of the leading construction companies in the Nordic region. As an expert in managing complex construction processes, NCC contributes to construction that has a positive impact on customers and on the development of society as a whole. Its activities include commercial property development, construction and infrastructure projects, and the production of asphalt and stone materials. NCC and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) are collaborating to test the renewable raw material lignin as a binder in asphalt. The project is part of NCC’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.

Jonas Ekblad is a senior researcher at division asphalt within NCC Industry.


The webinar will be held in english and is free of charge.

When: 7 october 2 pm-3 pm

Where: Zoom


Startdatum: 7/10 , kl. 14:00