Bleached-white nanowood material promises exceptional insulating properties

March 13, 2018

University of Maryland engineers have created a new insulating material capable of blocking at least 10 degrees more heat than styrofoam or silica aerogel. It's also 30 times stronger than styrofoam, and appears to be much more environmentally friendly.

"Nanowood" as the team calls it, is produced by taking certain cuts of regular wood -American basswood in initial trials - and chemically removing all the lignin from it.

Loz Blain