Transparent Wood Could Replace Glass, Become Coolest Building Material Ever
Wood is a great material because it’s cheap, renewable, and versatile. But thiscrazy transparent wood that scientists in Sweden brewed up is nuts. It could replace glass for some seriously eye-catching architecture, and even be used in cheap solar panels or windows.
Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden developed the material, which they say is suitable for mass production.
It’s not the first time wood has been used in surprising ways: Last year, researchers at the University of Wisconsin used wood to make computer microchips. This week’s development out of Sweden takes a natural, millennia-old material from the earth, and turns it into a futuristic, low-cost, renewable alternative to glass. Now, I’m eagerly awaiting moving into my ghostly, scifi, transparent log cabin.