“A new type of transparent wood that transmits light, and absorbs and releases heat could provide modern architecture with a new way to save on energy costs. The material can withstand heavy loads and is biodegradable, pertinent to being used in eco-friendly homes.

The researchers are presenting their results at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring 2019 National Meeting & Exposition.

“Back in 2016, we showed that transparent wood has excellent thermal-insulating properties compared with glass, combined with high optical transmittance,” says Céline Montanari, a Ph.D. student who is presenting the research at the meeting. “In this work, …”