General Background and Introduction.- Lignin.- Carbon Fibre.- Carbon Fibre Market.- Lignin as a Raw Material for Carbon Fibre.- Industrial Lignin Production.- Production of Carbon Fibre from Lignin.- Lignin fiber Spinning and Conversion to Carbon Fibre.- Future Directions of Carbon Fibre Industry.- Future perspectives.
Dr. Pratima Bajpai holds a PhD from the National Sugar Institute (NSI) in Kanpur, India. She is presently a Technical Consultant in the pulp and paper industry and has over 30 years of research experience at the NSI, University of Saskatchewan, University of Western Ontario in Canada, and the Thapar Center for Industrial Research and Development in India. She has also worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada and Visiting Scientist at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Dr Bajpai's main areas of expertise are industrial biotechnology, pulp and paper, and environmental biotechnology. She has made significant contributions to industrial biotechnology and is a recognized expert in the field. Currently, she is actively engaged in commercializing biotechnological processes for the pulp and paper industry. She has authored more than 150 publications in leading international journals and conference proceedings. She has also written several advanced-level technical books on environmental and biotechnological aspects of pulp and paper, which have been published by leading publishers including PIRA International, UK; Springer, Germany; Miller Freeman USA; John Wiley; and Elsevier Science. She has also contributed chapters to a number of books and encyclopedias, holds 11 patents and has written several technical reports. Dr. Bajpai has implemented several processes in Indian paper mills, and is an active member of the American Society of Microbiologists and reviewer for several international research journals.