Transparent wood: the building material of the future?

Transparent wood is created by stripping out lignin from wood and replacing it with a polymer. Credit: WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0


When Timothée Boitouzet studied architecture in Japan, where buildings need to survive earthquakes, he realised the next smart material might be one that humans have used for thousands of years—wood.

"In France, we build more with concrete and stone than ," he said. "When I was exposed to Japanese building culture, I realised how you could build fantastic structures with wood. This material that we considered an old material, without innovation, was actually super smart. This got me excited about wood."




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