What it is: Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have developed a transparent material based on wood that could revolutionize how we create solar cells and windows. The researchers first removed lignin from wood fibers, leaving the wood pure white, and then mixed it with prepolymerized methyl methacrylate (PMMA), transforming it into its transparent state.
Why it's important: This material has a number of properties that make it ideal for construction purposes: toughness, low thermal conductivity, strength and low density. Eventually, it could replace silica-based glass in windows and solar cells.
Spotted by Aryadeep S. Acharya
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