Trees Could Help Strengthen Auto Parts

A recent study by the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory shows that trees removed during forest restoration projects are being used to improve the strength of automotive parts. The trees are converted into liquid suspensions consisting of tiny rods that are 20,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. These nanoparticle structures, called cellulosic nanomaterials, are being used to develop bumpers and fenders that will be less likely to break on impact. The parts also will be biodegradable, which means they can be composted when they are no longer in use. More information is available here.

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