The Stockholm KTH Royal Institute of Technology research team recently developed a transparent wooden material that can be used in building and architecture projects as a cost-effective substitute for glass. The wood has been stripped of its lignin, causing the wood to lose its opaque coloring. This leaves the material entirely clear like a sheet of glass but with the lightness and strength of wood maintained throughout.
The team put together the transparent wood by chemically removing the lignin from the wood fibres. The process renders the wood white till it it is then treated with a veneer to pull all the tone from the substance. This turns the wood completely clear making it an ideal substitute to use for glass or in building.