New Wonder Material – Nanocrystalline Cellulose

By Michael Edmonds 17/09/2012


I’ve just been catching up on my New Scientist reading and came across this interesting article on a new material – nanocrystalline cellulose. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528786.100-why-wood-pulp-is-worlds-new-wonder-material.html

According to the story it is transparent, electrically conductive and has 8 times the tensile strength of stainless steel. And being derived from wood pulp it can be produced cheaply and sustainably. Some early uses for it include the production of lightweight body armour and ballistic glass, while its electronic properties are also being explored.

 


0 Responses to “New Wonder Material – Nanocrystalline Cellulose”

  • Don’t we have the odd tree we could dig this stuff from??? Scion where are you??? Or are they already onto it?

  • Ross,
    I hope so, it sounds like very promising technology.
    Indeed when I first read it I had to check it’s sources to make sure it wasn’t some sort of joke or con. Even if they are overhyping its usefulness a bit, it sounds very impressive

  • It is a strength to weight ratio 8 times the strength of steel, not tensile strength.