Transparent Wood

Transparent Wood Gives a New Meaning to Energy Efficiency

Wood may seem old-school in the era of glass and steel construction. However, a key innovation in transparent wood is on the horizon. This new modified material will revolutionize the concept of energy efficient homes. Transparent wood, or nanocrystalline cellulose, is produced using processed wood pulp. This material is optically transparent and has high transmittance (nearly 85%). Researchers first developed this material at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm,