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Creating solar cells and glass from wood – or a billion tons of biowaste

A digital, urbanised world consumes huge amounts of raw materials that could hardly be called environmentally friendly. One promising solution may be found in renewable raw materials, according to research published in Advanced Materials. In their paper, researchers from Aalto University, University of Turku, RISE – Research Institute of Sweden, and University of British Columbia, have taken a close look at how lignocellulose — or plant biomass — can be used for optical applications, potentially replacing commonly used materials like glass and plastics. Advanced bio-based materials for optical applications are an integral part of FinnCERES research.

More information:

Assistant Professor Jaana Vapaavuori Aalto University +358 50 476 0223

Professor Kati Miettunen University of Turku +358 40 544 8742

Photo: Nanocellulose-composite films with various optical functionalities. Derya Atas/Aalto University


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