Wood Chips

July 23, 2015

Wood Chips

If the recent work of a U.S. research team is any indication, wood – that most versatile of materials – may soon become even more prevalent in our daily lives. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory have joined forced to create a wood-based computer chip by breaking down tree fibers to the nano scale. With the use of a special coating, the chip can be made smooth and resistant to moisture, allowing this biodegradable material to replace toxic gallium-arsenide inside wireless electronic devices.While the researchers acknowledge that the industry may not be quite ready for this change, given the current demand for more environmentally-friendly products, perhaps we’ll be seeing these new wood chips in action soon enough.

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