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The Process Development Center

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About the PDC

The PDC is a shared collaboration facility where researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders work together to develop new products and improve manufacturing processes. We recognize the importance of meeting the emerging and constantly shifting needs of the marketplace.  The PDC has a long track record of collaborating with partners to support traditional manufacturing as well as to create entirely new products from forest- and agriculturally derived raw materials. We are currently working on advanced fiber processing technologies, developing specialized, scalable  nanotechnologies, and co-developing “green” products to meet market demands for sustainable materials. Other new product innovations include a non-toxic grease-proof coating additive, a new class of environmental remediation technology, a unique cellulose insulation product, and new bio-based paper strength and processing aids. The PDC is also working with a dedicated group of organizations to help launch a new bioplastics industry in Maine and to engineer plastic from potatoes and/or wood by-products.

Advancing a product from concept to commercial success can sometimes seem a daunting prospect. This is especially true for start-up companies who may not have the facilities or the staff to bring their idea to market. The staff and facility at UMaine and the PDC offers you open access to all of our resources. We will support you throughout the entire process – from concept development, validation, pilot demonstration, and through to successful commercialization. Some examples of recently licensed technologies include a bio-based, non-toxic oil and grease resistant coating for food-packaging, a flame resistant fiberboard used in commercial roofing applications, and a biodegradable landfill cover that controls fugitive odors.

For a more in-depth at look at some of the PDC’s work, please check out our Selected Projects page.

To find out more about our organization and how to work with us, please refer back to our Home page.   To learn more about nanofiber research and development at the PDC, please continue on to the next page.


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