Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin say they have engineered a “wonder material” that can sustain the exhaustible means by which we live. Called nanocellulose, the “wonder material” can be used to make buildings, cars, planes and replenishable biofuel
“If we can complete the final steps, we will have accomplished one of the most important potential agricultural transformations ever,” said R. Malcolm Brown, Jr., Ph.D., in a news release issued by the American Chemical Society.
Cellulose, one of the most abundant organic polymers on earth, consists of wood fibers that make up tree trunks and cotton fibers, according to the American Chemical Society. Materials made with nanocellulose are stronger than steel and stiffer than Kevlar. To harness its properties, scientists have been researching ways to produce it abundantly and cheaply.
While few organisms can produce cellulose in its micro form that preserve its intrinsic advantages, Brown said he and his and team haveRead More »from You Might One Day Be Driving a Car Made With Algae