Pyrolysis is a thermochemical process to convert ligno-cellulosic materials into bio-char and pyrolysis oil. This oil can be further upgraded or refined for electricity, transportation fuels and chemicals production. At the time of writing, several demonstration factories are considered worldwide aiming at maturing the technology. Research is focusing on understanding the underlying processes at all relevant scales, ranging from the chemistry of cell wall deconstruction to optimization of pyrolysis factories, in order to produce better quality oils for targeted uses. Among the several bio-oil applications that are currently investigated the production and fermentation of pyrolytic sugars explores the promising interface between thermochemistry and biotechnology.