Walls capable of cooling rooms down
A material composed of hydrogel and clay could soon competition to air conditioners.
Researchers develop a way to get transparent wood that looks like glass.
With this new construction material, if someone tells you to “knock on wood” you won´t know where to head, since a research team at Stockholm´s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) has been able to develop a method to make it look like glass.
The process is based on lignin extraction from the cell walls in the plants, followed by its substitution with a plastic polymer that is around 93% transparent. The result is a structure very similar to wood but translucent, with an 85% transparent quality to be precise. Windows or solar cells could be built with this new material and they could be not only more resistant than glass but also could feature excellent dynamic properties, therefore turning this compound into an ideal raw material for solar cells thanks to its affordability and abundance.
Image: Royal Institute of Technology de Estocolmo