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Russians Develop Flexible Material Stronger than Steel

It uses non-recycled waste as its feedstock

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Nanocellulose is a highly versatile material that can be used for anything from production of body armour and flexible screens to incredibly fuel efficient cars.

The latest method allows for a new approach in developing nanocellulose, which reduces the cost of production 3.5 times. This is an important step in making the material commercially viable.

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An added advantage is that it can use waste from pulp and paper mills as raw material and thus, benefit the environment.

RBTH explains.
Scientists from Perm University have developed a new method for preparing nanocellulose – an ultra-strong material that surpasses steel in strength and can be used to make products varying from super-flexible screens to bulletproof vests.

Nanocellulose is a unique material. It is superior to stainless steel in strength, while its unique properties allow for its use in many areas. For example, companies intend to use nanocellulose produced by the new method developed in Perm for manufacturing ultra-light and ultra-strong materials.

According to scientists, this method can be used to obtain new extra-strong types of paper as well as parts of products, structures and machines. Nanocellulose may also be used for the production of adhesives for eliminating technical defects and cracks and it can be added to various building materials. Additionally, this material can be used for super-flexible screens, bulletproof vests and other armored products. In medicine, nanocellulose can be used as sorbents and dressings.


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