FPL’s Cutting-Edge Nano Work is Front-Page News

Chemical & Engineering News, published by the American Chemical Society, just ran a comprehensive cover story on nanocellulose titled Nano From the Forest. In the four-page feature, reporter Mitch Jacoby covers topics from fundamental research to commercialization efforts, and includes an excellent, short video of how nanocellulose is produced here at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL).

Engineer Rick Reiner operates FPL's nanocellulose pilot plant.

Engineer Rick Reiner operates FPL’s nanocellulose pilot plant.

Many FPL projects were highlighted, including work on aerogels, flexible electronic screens, and solar cells, as were several fascinating projects by researchers around the world who are getting creative with this strong, lightweight, green material.

So read all about it! And enjoy!

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So … you need some Cellulose NanoCrystals, eh? At FPL, it's in the bag ...


Supervisory Research Chemist Dr. Alan W. Rudie (left) and Chemical Engineer Richard S. Reiner stand behind their science, and a hefty batch of Cellulose NanoCrystals (CNC) produced in the lab’s state-of-the-art pilot plant. Some of this haul will be on its way to Purdue University for research there.

Another batch recently went to the University of Maine, which will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony next week to hail the launch of its own pilot plant. UMaine and FPL have partnered in this venture. The university received a $1.5 million grant from the Forest Service to upgrade this new facility.

Rudie, Michael T. Rains, Acting Director of FPL, and FPL Assistant Director Theodore H. Wegner will be among those speaking at the event in Orono, Maine.