USDA Forest Product Laboratory leads the charge for nanocellulose commercialization

The US Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory has issued a landmark report that "details the pathway to commercializing affordable, renewable, and biodegradable cellulose nanomaterials from trees."  FPL has also created a nifty interactive infographic explaining the "Promise of Wood-Based Nanotechnology."  (FPL is perhaps better known in the DC area for its annual open house for the White House Christmas Tree.) Cellulose nanomaterials have the potential to replace uses of carbon fiber in a wide variety of applications, such as electronics, construction, food, energy, health care, automotive, aerospace, and defense.  Harvesting wood from fire-prone forests for processing into nanocellulosic materials holds great potential to improve resiliency of US forests as well.