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Towards centimeter thick transparent wood through interface manipulation

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Abstract

Transparent wood is an attractive structural material for energy-saving buildings due to its high optical transmittance, good thermal insulation, and high toughness. However, thick highly transparent wood is challenging to realize. In the current work, highly transparent wood (1.5 mm) with a transmittance of 92%, close to that of pure PMMA (95%), is demonstrated. The high transmittance was realized by interface manipulation through acetylation of wood template. Both experiments and electromagnetic modeling support that the improved transmittance is mainly due to elimination of interface debonding gap. By applying this method, a centimeter-thick transparent wood structure was obtained. The transparent wood could be used as a substrate for an optically tunable window by laminating a polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) film on top. The techniques demonstrated are a step towards the replacement of glass in smart windows and smart buildings.

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The article was received on 12 Nov 2017, accepted on 13 Dec 2017 and first published on 13 Dec 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA09973H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 1094-1101
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    Towards centimeter thick transparent wood through interface manipulation

    Y. Li, X. Yang, Q. Fu, R. Rojas, M. Yan and L. Berglund, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 1094
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TA09973H

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