Researchers Find Way to Turn Wood Translucent #chemistry


This block may look like plastic, but it’s actually wood.

Using a two-step process, researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park, stripped away the plank’s tan and brown color and made it clear. The see-through wood, which the scientists say is stronger and a better insulator than glass, and more biodegradable than plastic, could one day be used in windows, tables and other building supplies.

Read more at NY Times.

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