FPInnovations Inaugurates its new Research Facilities for NanoCrystalline Cellulose

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 7th, 2011

FPInnovations is pleased to announce today’s inauguration of its new NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC) research facilities, which consist of a state-of-the-art pilot plant, new high-performance equipment for the Québec City laboratory and two new research laboratories located at Pointe-Claire.

The Pointe-Claire laboratories are dedicated primarily to NCC chemistry, as well as to NCC and nanocomposites characterization. The new laboratory equipment in Québec City is being used in the development of advanced wood materials in the appearance, structural and composite wood products sector.

The cost of the construction of the facilities and the acquisition of the research equipment amounts to $4.1 million. This investment has been made possible thanks to the financial participation of the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation du Québec for 80% of the expenses and, Natural Resources Canada, for 20%, under its Transformative Technologies Program (TT). The project will make it possible to retain 11 full-time scientists and technicians dedicated to NCC research.

“Our support for creation of the pilot plant and new crystalline nanocellulose labs demonstrates our commitment to making Québec a state-of-the-art centre for advanced research. Forthcoming R&D projects in these innovative facilities will build on Québec’s leadership in the forest nanotechnologies sector and open the door to high-potential markets for Québec’s wood industry, said Geoffrey Kelley, Member for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs.

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