Title

Hemant Pendse's lab at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at

Authors

Jim Kozubek

Source

Mainebiz

Date

3-22-2010

Pages

1, 6

Abstract

Hemant Pendse's lab at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Maine in Orono has developed a way to extract sugars from wood pulp. The substance can be used to make bioplastics, biofuels, and possibly, renewable jet fuel. Research and development spending is declining in Maine despite policy changes and new funding channels for high-tech R&D. In 2008, only $18 million in venture capital was spent in R&D--an amount typically invested in Boston-based companies in a single hour. Catherine Renault, director of the Maine Office of Innovation and author of the 2010 Science and Technology Action Plan, says Maine companies need to join forces to bring ongoing R&D to market. With details on funding in the state and ongoing projects.

Subjects

Technology

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