Wood is one of the Earth’s most trusted and sustainable natural resources. From building materials and industrial heating pellets, to food additives and jet fuels, wood raw materials are used to manufacture a growing number of products in the new biobased economy. Now, researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new transparent wood material that's suitable for mass production of windows and solar panels. The project is financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the finding was published in the American Chemical Society journal, Biomacromolecules.
Lars Berglund, professor at Wallenberg Wood Science Center at KTH, says that while optically transparent wood has been developed in the past for microscopic samples in the study of wood anatomy, the KTH project introduces a new method for using the material on a large scale.