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Manufacturing Design of Bio-based Ceiling Tiles using Nanocellulose

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-17-012
Agency Tracking Number: B1506-0010
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 15-NCER-06
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-16-00001
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-11-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-04-30
Small Business Information
54 College Avenue
Orono, ME 04473-4219
United States
DUNS: 079612190
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nadir Yildirim
 (207) 735-7898
Business Contact
 Nadir Yildirim
Title: President
Phone: (207) 735-7898
Research Institution

Suspended ceiling tiles are widely used in commercial and residential construction because they offer flexibility and easy access to utilities. Most of the available tiles absorb water, resulting in sagging, staining, and mold/mildew growth. They also contain potentially hazardous chemicals and release airborne fibers when broken or cut. Existing
tiles are not durable, requiring frequent replacement. In the U.S. alone, 10 million square feet of old ceiling tiles are discarded annually, most requiring landfilling as they are not compostable or recyclable. Revolution Research, Inc. proposes to design the manufacturing process for a bio-based, “green” ceiling tile that is durable, non-hazardous, and compostable and that provides higher insulation properties than currently-available
products. This innovative process will use nanocellulose, a widely-available byproduct of the forest products industry with impressive properties, as the primary raw material and will develop a process to treat the panels for flame retardancy, water resistance, and mold/mildew resistance using non-hazardous enhancements. Ceiling tile sales are expected to reach $30 billion globally by 2020. Simultaneously, the green building materials
market is growing and is expected to reach $255 billion in 2020. “BioTile” will meet the demand for an ecofriendly suspended ceiling tile at a competitive price.

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