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  • 1 Institute of Wood Chemistry Academy of Sciences of the Latvian SSR Riga U.S.S.R.
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Compounds acting as model biphenyl and phenylcoumarane structural units in the lignin molecule (dehydrodivanillin and dehydrodiisoeugenol) were investigated by thermal analysis. The results were compared with previously obtained data on the thermal degradation of model phenylpropane monomer units of lignin. It was found that the mechanism of thermal degradation of these models and the thermal stabilities of the bonds depend on the structure. The thermal stability of the models increases in the absence of reactive functional groups in the side chain.