Wood pulp and dead twigs are being used to create nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), an organic material stronger than cast iron that researchers are calling the new wonder material. It is being used to create electronic displays, computer parts, and even body armor.
NCC is 8 times stronger than stainless steel and a fraction of the price.
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Jeff Youngblood from Purdue University’s NanoForestry Institute explains that
the beauty of this material is that it is so abundant we don’t have to make it. We don’t even have to use entire trees; nanocellulose is only 200 nanometres long. If we wanted we could use twigs and branches or even sawdust. We are turning waste into gold.
The new material is also harmless to the human body.
Goodbye chemicals, hello clean Earth.
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