| Composite materials from natural residues.|
The American Institute NIST has released a new composite material, made with a combination of wood pulp waste and dry waste from an invasive exotic pest. The 70/30 combination of these two materials results in a material with improved properties as it acquires a "Bouligand structure", in which the molecules pile up in a twisted shape and make the material much more resistant.
This new material is flexible, sustainable, non-toxic and reflects ultraviolet light.
At present it ment to be used for the packaging of foods and biomedical devices, but in the future it could also be used for the manufacture of cars and aerospace vehicles wich would be more sustainable and lighter.