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To learn about nanocellulose and its impact on materials science – as well as UMaine’s contribution – check out the recent article, “Nano From The Forest” in the June 30, 2014 issue of C&EN News!

The 2013 TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology – This prestigious conference will feature  two presentations co-authored by attendees Michael Bilodeau, PDC Director, and Doug Bousfield, UMaine Chemical Engineering Department. It is scheduled for June 24 – 27 of this year at the KTH Royal Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. For more information, check out their website.

The Opening of the PDC’s New Nanofiber Pilot Plant – To learn more about our exciting new capabilities, check out our media page.

Our Research Partner, Cerealus, Strikes an International Deal for Cerecarb – To learn more about Tony Jabar’s effort to open the European market for Cerecarb, check out this article, “Waterville Businessman Strikes International Deal on Papermaking Product”  in the Morning Sentinel.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Nanocellulose Pilot Plant - The Forest Products Laboratory, a research partner of the PDC, has opened a cutting-edge nanocellulose pilot plant in Madison, Wisconsin. PDC Director Michael Bilodeau was one of the speakers at the presentation. To learn more, our page on the plant and its opening.

New Technology Research Center Opens - The Forest Bioproducts Research Institute recently opened a state-of-the-art Technology Research Center. To learn more about this exciting new facility, check out this article and accompanying video.

Nanocellulose Facility in Production – To learn more about the PDC’s progress on a new nanocellulose manufactoring plant, check out this informative article.

Maine’s efforts to Establish a Clean Tech Corridor - To learn more about the Department of Industrial Cooperation’s efforts to bring together clean tech resources, businesses, and investment in Maine, check out this brief video.

Sustainable Bioplastics – To learn more about efforts to establish a sustainable bioplastics industry in Maine, see Mainebiz and a recent piece by Maine Public Radio.

Pilot Web Coater at PDC – The PDC’s new Web Coater available for your research.

New Retention Technology – UMaine and Cerealus launch Ceregel™, a new retention technology that strengthens paper, reduces material loss, and lowers costs. Click here to learn more.

Sawdust to Heating Fuel – Our partner, Biofine works to convert sawdust to heating fuel.

Advanced Cellulose Insulation – PDC and Green Comfort Safe awarded Technology Transfer Award to develop improved Cellulosic Insulation.


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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