Scientists develop transparent wood that is stronger and lighter than glass

A flower is visible behind a piece of the transparent material. (Qinqin Xia, University of Maryland/Science Advances)

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have turned ordinary sheets of wood into transparent material that is nearly as clear as glass, but stronger and with better insulating properties. It could become an energy efficient building material in the future.

Wood is made of two basic ingredients: cellulose, which are tiny fibres, and lignin, which bonds those fibres together to give it strength.

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