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  • To advance understanding of the scientific underpinnings, system behavior and policy implications for the production of forest-based bioproducts.

    To provide and promote technology validation and partnerships that will meet societal needs for materials, chemicals and fuels in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner.

    FBRI Serving societal needs by bringing sound science to

    commercial viability

    PresentationJuly 18, 2018Why should you care?


  • FBRI Philosophy



  • Two Selected FBRI Highlights

    Changing the way we use wood

    1. Advances in production and application of cellulose nanofibers (CNF) involving several commercial mill trials and technology licenses for deployment in private sector with applications in specialty paper, packaging and automotive product sectors.

    2. Breakthrough research on wood to jet fuel or diesel conversion involving floor-scale production resulting in third party verification of compliance with key parameters of JP-8 specifications without using any additive packages, using UMaines patented Thermal DeOxygenation (TDO) technology. Renewable diesel fuel trials on large marine engines underway in collaboration with the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA).

    FBRI Serving societal needs by bringing sound science to commercial viability3

  • Discussion Topic - Nanocellulose

    Nano-Fibrillated Cellulose (NFC/CNF)

    1. One ton per day nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC/CNF) production pilot facility in operation since 2013, with 25 tons of NFC in commercial scale trials

    2. NFC addition in basesheet, surface application on wet web, and coating on dry web successful in many applications

    3. NFC use in nanocellulose-PLA composites looks promising, with work on NFC/PLA composites underway to avoid energy-intensive drying steps.

    4. Work on use of NFC in particle board, snack packaging, and biomedical devices is underway.


  • Cellulose Nanofibers (CNF)



  • Nanofibrillated Cellulose (NFC)

    Cellulose Nanofibrils (CNF)

    Fibril width ~ 20 - 60 nm Lengths up to few microns High aspect ratio (100 1000) Large specific surface area

    (100-200 g/m2 )

    x 100k 200 nm


    SEM image of

    Nanofibrillated Cellulose

  • UMaine CNF Pilot Facility


    Refiner CNF

    Pre-treatment possible

    Mass Colloider Ultra-

    Grinder for comparison


    1 ton/day

    Slurry form (3 - 4% solids)


  • Cellulose Nanomaterial Samples

    Distributed since April 2013

    Samples provided to 240 private companies

    215 academic institutions

    49 research centers

    In 43 different countries

    Commercial trials11 trials 25 tons CNF used

    Controlled microstructure CNF solids CNF bones & Bone marrow plugs

    Plates and Screws (MRI visible)


  • Discussion Topic - Fuels

    Hydrocarbon Liquid Fuels (Diesel F76 & Jet Fuel JP A/5)

    1. One ton per day Biomass to Bioproducts Pilot Plant

    (B2P2) operational to make mixed organic acids as

    a biomass-derived feed to TDO continuous

    processing facility TDO Oil

    2. TDO oil fractionation and hydroprocessing to make

    jet fuel and diesel samples for fuel certification and

    fit-for-use testing

    3. Biochar utilization initiative in place for soil

    amendment and concrete curing aid studies


  • 10

    Biomass to Drop-in Fuels



    Conversion to Mixed


    Mild Hydro-


    DOE EPSCoR project 2007-2015DLA awards 2011-2014 & 2016-2019MMA subaward ongoing


  • UMaine Diesel Test Data




  • UMaine Jet Fuel Test Data

    from AFRL




  • Why should you care? We can help you.

    We operate two one ton per day pilot plants one for converting biomass into organic acids, and the other for converting wood fibers into nano-fibrillated fibers.

    We have fee-for-service operations with dozen professional staff for technology scale up and validation with multiple integrated unit operations in 40,000 sq. ft. high-bay space with needed environmental permits.

    We can facilitate coordination among biomass feedstock supply, brownfield sites looking for redevelopment, and various sstate-wide stakeholders looking into deployment opportunities for you in Maine, as a one stop shop.


    Contact InformationDirector Dr. Hemant Pendse pendse@maine.eduAssociate Director Dr. M. Clayton Wheeler mcwheeler@maine.eduTRC Manager Amy Luce amy.e.luce@maine.eduPDC Director Colleen Walker colleen.walker@maine.edu

    NSF SEP ProgramSupport for outreachacknowledged



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