Innovation

Building Bone and Beyond

“Biomaterials that address existing and emerging challenges in human health are in high demand, and this is another area in which nanocellulose shows real promise.” Nanocellulose can be used in many applications, but new nanocellulose composite material developed at UMaine is engineered to contain a similar structure to bone which could lead to health care […]

Company plans biorefinery for zero-emission heating oil in Maine

Biofine Developments Northeast Inc. of Bangor has formed a partnership with Sprague Resources LP to produce a patented biofuel made from forest product waste. A research and development company that has spent nearly 20 years honing new ways to turn woody waste into commercially viable energy and chemicals says it is close to building a […]

Wood waste converted into jet fuel, it’s happening in Maine

From NewsCenter Maine Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development says it is starting to partner with companies as the commercialization biofuels progress in Maine.  “It’s really about diversification of our heritage industries,” says Commissioner Heather Johnson. “We have a bunch of wood residuals… to support long term reductions in greenhouse gases and additives to […]

$5M Navy Contract Goes to UMaine and Navatek to Advance Maritime 3D Printing

From 3DPrint.com What’s particularly interesting is the approach with materials that is being taken for large-scale additive manufacturing in boat building. While typical molds are expensive and time-consuming to manufacture, this 3D printed is focused on producing large-scale structures using thermoplastics combined with bio-based (cellulose nanofibers (CNF), or wood cellulose) materials. These materials would provide comparable […]

UMaine’s new patent leverages the state’s forest products industry

From Mainebiz The University of Maine has received a patent for a process that creates construction materials using an environmentally friendly binding agent. The process developed by UMaine researchers eliminates the use of formaldehyde as a binding agent for construction materials such as particleboard, and replaces it with a slurry of cellulose nanofibrils, according to […]