Go Further: Extraordinary Wood Possibilities

In this opportunity FinishBuild is excited about the idea of sharing with our readers, good information and our point of views related to a very interesting article that caught our attention from the moment we found it. As it always does, the Cable News Network (CNN) surprises us once again with their exceptional programming whether on TV or Internet regarding the trendiest topics focused on almost every area. CNN is distinguished by striving to offer real, high quality news to its audience, this time CNN style was the platform in charge of delivering the topic we would like to develop. This article is based on an interesting research made a few months ago and followed by CNN, which is related to an innovative flooring material option and we consider that its potential is definitely promising.

As an excellent news network, this time CNN style focuses on fascinating architectural trends that are taking place worldwide. “The incredible possibilities of invisible wood” is the name of the article Stephy Chung has published on last May the 23th; and it is about the great improvements that one of the most common and suitable architectural material – wood- has achieved though thousands of years. Due to the constant search made by architects and engineers for more ecological and earth friendly constructions materials, scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park have developed an experiment which is based on creating transparent wood that might change design concepts. 2015 was the year that these scientists took in order to work on a totally different and superior version of wood; this type of wood is stronger than the traditional one and what we love about it is the fact that this version of wood can be used to replace less ecofriendly construction materials for instance, plastics. These types of non-earth friendly (still and glass) materials, tend to be more and more popular because of the increasing demands this modern world requires when it comes to architecture; and in response to this matter Dr. Liangbing Hu stands that transparent wood can suitably replace traditional materials and revolutionize the architectural market.

How do University of Maryland scientists develop this experiment?

As we have mentioned, the process to make this version of wood took place at the University of Maryland, College Park and Dr. Hu described that the experiment was done in two steps; the first one was to chemically remove the lignin from the wood; lignin is an organic substance that thank to cellulose, forms the chief part of woody tissue and therefore makes the plant really rigid, additionally this substance constitutes the 25% of the wood and is also responsible for the wood’s yellowish color. Subsequently the second step of this process was to fill out the veins of the wood with an epoxy which is a type of resin that chiefly bonds two materials in order to make them a strongly adhesive glue, coating or casting; in this stage of the experiment, the scientists were able to demonstrate the process of “stripping” wood of its color. However they made notice that they do not disturb the wood’s channels and instead they could maintain the backbone structures of the wood, making it transparent and stronger at the same time.

Significant advantages allow incredible possibilities

The research report was published in the scientific journal Advanced Materials, and Dr. Hu affirmed that this version of wood which was made to be a beyond the visual range construction material has amazing capabilities, among them we would like to make notice two of them:

One of the extraordinary capabilities that “invisible” wood will be able to do is to replace glass’ performance; as it is well known glass is a material that faces certain problems when it comes to function as a cold or hot insulator. On the contrary, wood’s natural feature is to provide ideal insulation levels what makes it an adaptable material that works excellent whether in cool or hot areas.

In the same manner, the study has shown that “invisible” wood has an interesting characteristic that could efficiently be used in solar cells, which are electrical devices that convert the energy of light directly into electricity by the physical and chemical phenomenon know as the photovoltaic effect, transparent wood composites will then exhibit high transmittance qualities.

“Invisible” wood vs. other material options

According to what Dr. Hu has said for this article, their innovative wood’s version would provide a wide scale of possibilities for all of the people that work in the architecture field; this type of wood will be able to perform the strength of steel but with the benefit of being lighter in weight. It is relevant to mention that the Dr. Hu’s team seeks additional means in order to continue expanding the research.

In brief, FinishBuild is convinced there are enough reasons to believe in the great benefits this version of wood can bring to the commercial market very quickly, and we based this statement on what Dr. Hu said about the several inquiries he has received by many firms that are looking forward to study the technology aspect of this study for a mass production. Today is almost impossible to avoid experiencing technology and as we have seen in this CNN styles article architectural improvements are closely bond with technological aspects that are made to help us in order to achieve or design project; what is most important is the fact that there are qualified people working on create new design ideas paying special attention to the environmentally friendly features in their products, we definitely think green is beautiful, so by selecting home improvement products available in the market, any that has an ecofriendly characteristic, you will add a special value to the sustainable style you have opted for.

Be authentic, choose wise and embrace the challenge of getting involved by technology in each of your home’s improvements…you start, we Finish!

If you are interested in reading the complete CNN’s article, just clic on the following URL:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/23/architecture/clear-wood-architecture/index.html

Go Further: Extraordinary Wood Possibilities
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