Transparent wood for functional and structural applications

Yuanyuan Li, Qiliang Fu, Xuan Yang, Lars Berglund
2017 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences  
Optically transparent wood combines mechanical performance with optical functionalities is an emerging candidate for applications in smart buildings and structural optics and photonics. The present review summarizes transparent wood preparation methods, optical and mechanical performance, and functionalization routes, and discusses potential applications. The various challenges are discussed for the purpose of improved performance, scaled-up production and realization of advanced applications.
more » ... nced applications. This article is part of a discussion meeting issue 'New horizons for cellulose nanotechnology'.
doi:10.1098/rsta.2017.0182 pmid:29277747 fatcat:j5qxbklrv5dlpivbs75u63ebza