Who says wooden windows wouldn’t work?

Article written by Celia Charron

Scientists in China have turned wood into a transparent material that could be used as a replacement for glass in energy efficient buildings.

Windows are a key factor in making buildings more energy efficient, by helping to control heat and light levels. For instance, windows that transmit visible light but block infra-red light could reduce the need for air conditioning in buildings. ‘Lighting and air conditioning account for 30-40% of the total energy used in buildings, most of which is exchanged via windows,’ says Yanfeng Gao, one of the authors of the research and a professor at Shanghai University.

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
A model house with transparent wood windows (left hand house) had a cooler interior than one with glass windows. The cooling effect is improved by adding caesium tungsten oxide nanoparticles (top row)

To read the fill article visit Chemistry World.

Transparent wood containing CsxWO3 nanoparticles for heat-shielding window applications
Ziya Yu, Yongji Yao, Jianing Yao, Liangmiao Zhang, Zhang Chen, Yanfeng Gao and Hongjie Luo
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 6019-6024
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA00261K, Communication

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One Response to “Who says wooden windows wouldn’t work?”

  1. Great information indeed. Thanks for sharing. Really impressed.

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