Transparent wood: Research team with Malayalis find friendly substitute for plastic 


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Transparent wood can be made by removing the lignin content in wood through chemical processes and replacing it with transparent materials. It is strong like regular wood, but is light-weight.

Transparent Wood | Photo: Mathrubhumi Epaper

Thrissur: A team of five researchers, including two Keralites, has patented the development of transparent wood, an environment friendly substitute for glass and plastic. Developed using thin slices of wood, transparent wood is flexible and promises to replace harmful petroleum-based plastics.

The research team, led by Dr Krishna K Pandey, retired professor of Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Bangalore, consists of five members including Thrissur native Dr Sreeja Nair, Assistant Professor of Mount Carmel College and Thalassery native Anish M Chathoth, researcher at Institute of Wood Science and Technology.

According to their study, transparent wood can be made by removing the lignin content in wood through chemical processes and replacing it with transparent materials. It is strong like regular wood, but is light-weight.

The idea of transparent wood was originally conceived by German scientist Siegfried Fink in 1992. So far, around 140 research theses have been published in the field.

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