By exploring the nano-world in real-time with X-rays of PETRA III, a team of KTH (Stockholm) and DESY produced an ultra-strong material that is made of bio-degradable cellulose nanofibres, the essential building blocks of wood. The novel production method transfers the exceptional properties of these nanofibres to the macroscopic, lightweight material. This research can potentially transform production chains towards more sustainable processes and materials (e.g. in packaging, medtech).

Tags: Climate change, Engineering, Environment & Nature, Green Tech.