The UMaine Process Development Center (PDC) is pleased to offer its facility, equipment, and expertise for cooperative research and development projects. For nearly thirty years, the PDC has set the industry standard for collaborative pulp and paper research and has recently expanded into other technology areas, such as bioplastics, solid and liquid biofuels and nanomaterials.
The PDC is well equipped to work with a wide range of raw materials, from wood and bark to herbaceous crops and agricultural residuals. Available processes include extraction, pulping, bleaching, papermaking, coating, and finishing, as well as extensive paper testing and analytical capabilities. 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.
Over the years, the PDC has served a unique role in supporting public-private partnerships, particularly with the Forest Products Industry. The PDC’s knowledgeable staff and faculty works closely with clients across all stages of product development, from conceptual beginnings to successful commercialization. The Process Development Center has collaborated with hundreds of private sector clients, on both long and short-term projects, providing timely service and delivering confidential, innovative and cost-effective solutions.