UMaine researcher gets $250K to advance 'nanofibril' building materials

Mehdi Tajvidi, an assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials at the University of Maine, has been awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation floor and wall products that utilize cellulose nanofibrils. Courtesy / University of Maine

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Mehdi Tajvidi, an assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials at the University of Maine, has been awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation floor and wall products that utilize cellulose nanofibrils, the microscopic natural structural building units of wood that are biodegradable and possess incredible strength and bonding attributes.

Tajvidi's award from P3Nano — a public-private partnership founded by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the U.S. Forest Service — will be used to develop three next-generation CNF building materials — one of which is a scratch-, fire- and water-resistant flooring system made of CNF and cement.

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Source: Mainebiz

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