Transparent wood

Nanoscale tailoring: A 21st century take on wood.

“Windows and solar panels in the future could be made from one of the best – and cheapest – construction materials known: wood.

Researchers at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new transparent wood material that’s suitable for mass production. The optically transparent wood is a type of wood veneer in which the lignin, a component of the cell walls, is removed chemically.”

“Wood is by far the most used bio-based material in buildings. It’s attractive that the material comes from renewable sources. It also offers excellent mechanical properties, including strength, toughness, low density and low thermal conductivity.”

Source: KTH Royal Institute of Technology – 30 March 2016

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