ORONO - Today the University of Maine celebrated the opening of the nation's first Cellulose Nanofiber Pilot Plant.
Cellulose nanofibers (CNF) are a wood-based reinforcing material, of great interest to researchers worldwide, in the development of high-value materials.
Nanomaterial has applications in automobile components, pain and coating additives, composites and filtration media.
As part of UMaine's 63rd Annual "Paper Days" event, tours of the Process Development Center took place.
Senator Angus King was also in attendance today as a key note speaker of the new addition.
The new pilot plant will be capable of producing CNF at a rate of 1 ton per day.