Gallery: Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheap...


Ever wondered why paper beats rock in a game of roshambo?  It turns out that cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) derived from wood pulp extract can be used to create one of the strongest materials known to man.  Out-toughing even Kevlar and carbon fiber, the material is lightweight, cheap, and abundant.  Found in forest by-products such as sawdust and wood chips, CNC could be used to create materials with applications in military defense, engineering, medicine, and consumer products.

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  1. Ian Miller September 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    As a professional chemist, I find to be amusing. Acid dissolving space?

  2. rielgonzales September 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Then with hemp, we’re saved!

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