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The Process Development Center

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Facilities Available for Use - Nanocellulose Facility

Opened in 2012, the UMaine Nanomaterial Pilot Plant is a cutting-edge addition to the Process Development Center (PDC) at Jenness Hall. The pilot plant was funded through a joint venture with the USDA Forest Service and is the only one of its kind in the country. Constructed in parallel to the Cellulose Nanocrystal Pilot Plant at the Forest Products Lab (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin, the plant provides samples of biobased nanomaterials for application development.

At the PDC, the grant funded the purchase of an ultrafine grinder, a spray dryer and a major upgrade of our stock preparation and refining capacity. This state-of-the-art equipment enables the PDC’s pilot plant to produce cellulose nanofibrils at a rate of one ton per day (the Process Development Center is the only facility that can manufacture CNF at this scale in the United States).

The purpose of the facility and the program is to:

Pilot Plant Capabilities

 Stock Preparation / Refining

In 2012, the Forest Products Laboratory opened a nanocellulose pilot plant in Madison, Wisconsin. To learn more, check out our page about the plant’s opening.

Image Description: UMaine's New Nanofiber Pilot Plant

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Contact Information

The Process Development Center
5737 Jenness Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.2281 | Fax: 207.581.4174
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System