05/23: Use of nanotechnology to preserve wood
Wood rots. Now scientists at Michigan Technological University are using nanotechnology to solve the problem.
Pat Heiden, a chemistry professor, and Peter Laks, a professor at the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, have discovered a way to embed these organic compounds into plastic beads only about 100 nanometers wide. "Six hundred of these online accounts would be about the width of a human hair," Laks says. Suspended in water, the beads are small enough to travel through the wood (when it is under pressure), reach inside, and stay there, protecting it from deterioration.
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