Scientists at the University of Maryland have managed to create some transparent wood that is considerably stronger than glass.
The researchers were able to develop a technique that allows them to make normal wood completely transparent.
The wood is boiled in water and sodium hydroxide plus some other chemicals for a couple of hours, this gets rid of the Lignin in the wood that gives it its color.
The wood is then covered with an epoxy and this makes the wood five times stronger and it ends up completely transparent. At the moment this can only be done with blocks of wood that are five by five inches in size, anything larger has not worked so far.
Researchers in Sweden have also created a similar technique to make transparent wood and their creation is 85% transparent.
This new clear wood could be used in buildings and homes to replace glass as it is considerably stronger than Glass.Filed Under: Technology News, Top News