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.

18th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium September 24-27, 2013, Madison, Wis.

NDEcoverRegister now for the 18th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium. If you are involved or interested in nondestructive testing and evaluation of wood, wood-based materials and products, this event is for you.

The forum will bring together the international nondestructive testing and evaluation research community, including users of various nondestructive testing technologies, equipment development and manufacturing professionals, representatives from various government agencies, and other groups to share research findings and new nondestructive testing products and technologies.

The 18th Symposium also marks the 50th anniversary of the symposium series.  The first symposium was held at FPL in the fall of 1963. At that meeting, nearly 100 scientists, engineers, and industry leaders discussed the possibilities of a wide range of scientific means for testing wood nondestructively. Seventeen symposia have been held to-date at sites in China, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and the United States.

Attendees will receive a complimentary electronic copy of a special publication in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first meeting. The publication includes a brief history of the symposium series, summaries of each symposium, and searchable electronic copies of the proceedings from each symposium.

Providence, R.I., Carbon Challenge Winners Announced


Winners were announced Tuesday night in the Providence, R.I., Carbon Challenge Residential Design Competition.

The Forest Products Laboratory and the APA — The Engineered Wood Association challenged designers to create a new model home design for Habitat Providence while considering the impact that building materials have on the environment.

Cash prizes totaling $10,000 were awarded to the winners across multiple categories:

  • Grand Prize ($5,000): ZeroEnergy Design, Boston
  • 2nd Place ($2,500): Kyle Bamrick & Christopher Armstrong, Providence
  • 3rd Place ($1,000): Joseph P. Campanella — Design Alliance, LLC, West Hartford
  • Best Use of Wood Products ($500): Anne Lissett & Benjamin Monroe — LEAF Architecture, West Hartford
  • Best Curb Appeal ($500): Erik Rhodin & Taina Rhodin — Line Company Architects, Waltham
  • Most Cost-Effective ($500): Christen M. Robbins — Vision 3 Architects, Providence

Fossil fuel use and climate change are important environmental issues facing our nation today. The common denominator for these concerns is greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere when fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, are burned for energy or when organic materials decay.

While most people are aware that North American forests help to address climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, less well known is the fact that wood products continue to store carbon, thus keeping it out of the atmosphere indefinitely. Substituting wood products for fossil fuel-intensive alternatives also results in significant amounts of “avoided” greenhouse gas emissions.