The rapid progress of science is evident in the recent development where wood can be transformed into glass-like material through advanced technology. This innovative process, as described by Lars Berglund, a researcher at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of technology, and researchers at the university of maryland (UM), holds the potential to revolutionize the manufacturing of mobile phone screens, tv screens, laptop screens, and even household mirrors.
Transparent wood, created by modifying and removing a substance called Lignin, has proven to be significantly stronger and more durable than conventional glass, reducing the risk of screen breakage. The ground breaking achievement traces back to German scientist Siegfried Fink, who initially succeeded in this endeavour by altering the wood's composition. Lignin, a glue-like substance in wood responsible for transporting water and nutrients within plants, is removed during the process.
This substance typically gives the wood its brown colour. Various scientists have since made modifications to Fink's work, refining the technique. The transformation of wood into a screen involves making it incredibly thin and clear, allowing 80 to 90 percentage of light to pass through. This transparency, coupled with its enhanced strength, makes it a promising candidate for various applications in electronic devices and home furnishings, marking a significant stride in material science and technology.