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The first commercially viable non-toxic fiber board

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UMaine formaldehyde-free particle board sample

This invention provides particle board or fiber board that is 100% non-toxic and 25% stronger than currently available products.  This is accomplished by replacing commonly used formaldehyde based resins with a safe, renewable nanocellulose based binder.

Benefits:

  • Reduction of health problems and related expenses ($9m – $48m per year1) caused by formaldehyde exposure
  • 25% strength increase reduces material and transportation costs
  • Nanocellulose, a renewable resource, replaces binders generally synthesized from non-renewable resources

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Reinforcement system increases wall panel strength by 20%

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When stressed, oriented strand board (OSB) panels tend to fail along the edges and at nail sites, particularly if the panel has gotten wet.  This technology presents a system for waterproofing and reinforcing panel edges.  The reinforced edge improves fastener performance and reduces the edge swell and weakening caused by moisture exposure.  Reinforced edges strengthen the panel by up to 20%.

UMaine Reference: 2005-07

Patents:

(US 6,699,575 issued Mar 2, 2004)

US 7,547,470 issued Jun 16, 2009

InventorsDouglas J. Gardner, Stephen M. Shaler, Lech Muszynski, Ciprian Pirvu, Jungil Son

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Composite Panels for Blast and Ballistic Protection

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The Modular Ballistic Protection System (MBPS) provides soldiers with enhanced ballistic protection where it never existed before – in their tents where they work, eat, and sleep.  The system consists of composite ballistic panels that are mounted to the inside of the tent frame using an energy-absorbing connection system.  Requiring no tools, the MBPS can be used to up-armor a 20ft x 32ft tent in less than 30 minutes with 4 soldiers.

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US Patent 7,68,5921

Method for reducing cross-talk within DNA data

Raw DNA data is filtered with a multi-component analysis that is applied to the difference of the signal intensity on each of the raw DNA data signals to remove cross talk between the signals. The analysis is done before any baseline adjustment of the raw DNA data. Instead, the baseline adjustment occurs after the raw DNA data has been filtered. Additionally, an additional processing step is applied to the data to account for the non-linear nature of cross talk filtering. The additional processing step involves combining the signal with its derivative to account for the correlation of each of the data signals with the other three data signals.

InventorsCristian Domnisoru, Mohamad Musavi

US Patent 6,598,013

Oil and Grease Resistant Paper Coating

A stable, aqueous barrier coating composition includes: (a) prolamine; (b) cold water insoluble polymer; (c) water; (d) water-soluble co-solvent; and (e) stabilizer. The composition, when applied to a substrate, produces an article having a high surface energy and resistance to oil and grease penetration. A method of producing the article involves applying the composition to a substrate.

UMaine Tech ID  2005-08

US Patent Number 7,737,200

US Patent Pending 12/815334

Inventors:  Anthony Jabar Jr., Micheal A. Bilodeau, David J. Neivandt, Jonathan Spender

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Analyze Samples in the Lab or Field with this New Portable Fluorescence Spectrometer

PROBLEM: 1.) Important science topics are sometimes not addressed in high schools because spectroscopy instruments are too expensive to purchase and maintain  2.) Field technicians have to take water and soil samples to a lab for spectroscopy analysis, adding time and complication  3.) Valuable data is not available from remote sensors due to spectrometer power and durability limitations.

SOLUTION: A portable, durable florescence spectrometer that costs 50% less than comparable instruments in most applications due to its novel design and simple components.

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Netforms Pre-Fab Roofing Panels Reduce Construction and Heating Costs

PROBLEM:  Insulated, ventilated roofs, particularly those covering open floor plans and cathedral ceilings, are difficult and expensive to build.

SOLUTION: These economical prefabricated panels incorporate wood I-joist framing, OSB sheathing, insulation and ventilation into a single product to be used in light-frame construction applications.

TECH ID: 2008-34

PATENT: US 8,046,969; US 8,141,313

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Composite Roof Panel System

DEVELOPMENT PLAN:  Undetermined.  Has been successfully demonstrated, but on hold given the current downturn in construction.

Environmentally Friendly Adhesive Bonding for Composites, Pollutant Remediation, and Dye Decolorization

PROBLEM: Environmentally friendly methods are needed to bond wood products and other composites without formaldehyde. Organic pollutants and dyes from textile and paper plants in industrial wastestreams need remediation.

SOLUTION: Using the chemically enhanced Fenton system, dyes can be remediated quickly in an environmentally safe manner. Natural lignin from wood residues can be activated to produce an formaldehyde-free adhesive system and organic pollutants in waters or soils can be broken down.

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New Composites Made from up to 60% Inexpensive, Raw Plant Material

PROBLEM: Composite manufacturers need ways to improve extruded thermoplastics using inexpensive, environmentally friendly ingredients and without slowing process time.

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Low Maintainance Sheet Piling Reduces Life Cycle Costs of Retaining Walls

PROBLEM: Commonly available sheet piling used for retaining walls corrodes, increasing maintenance costs and reducing the useful life of the construction. These problems are heightened in a marine environment.

SOLUTION: Our patented wood composite sheet piling system does not corrode, which reduces overall life cycle costs.  Additionally it is chemically inert and 100% recyclable.

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