Coleen Walker Leads the Cutting Edge Research at PDC

Walker Leads UMaine’s Cutting-Edge Research Facility Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from Colleen Walker, director of UMaine’s Process Development Center (PDC), which has collaborated closely with the pulp and paper industry for decades. The facility was established to support industry needs, […]

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Mehdi Tajvadi receives an outstanding research award from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

NSFA News: Mehdi Tajvidi receives an outstanding research award The Outstanding Research Award honors faculty who make significant contributions to their profession and have demonstrated excellence in scholarship.  Photo taken in adherence with health and safety guidelines. Cellulose nanofibrils are miniscule. You would need 100,000 to cross the width of a single human hair. In […]

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$4.8M will upgrade Forest Bioproducts Research Institute facilities, bolster bioproduct research

The University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) will upgrade its Technology Research Center (TRC) in Old Town and Process Development Center (PDC) in Jenness Hall to bolster ongoing efforts to create new bioproducts, increase production and find uses for woody biomass materials typically considered waste. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) awarded FBRI $4.8 million for […]

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Partnership between FBRI and Poland Spring to explore new bio-based materials in packaging

Poland Spring, University of Maine to explore bio-based materials September 29, 2020 The University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) is collaborating with Poland Spring Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and its parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, to evaluate and develop bio-based solutions that could serve as alternative packaging for Poland Spring products. […]

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Dr. Bousfield

Professor Bousfield receives patent for composite building products made with cellulose nanofibers

The process developed by UMaine researchers eliminates the use of formaldehyde as a binding agent, replacing it with a CNF slurry. The resulting product tests higher for fracture toughness and sequesters carbon and oxygen into the building product for its life span — typically decades.The UMaine inventor is professor of chemical and biomedical engineering Doug Bousfield. Co-inventor […]

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