Engineered wood for a sustainable future

Yimin Mao, Liangbing Hu, Zhiyong Jason Ren

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Wood, as one of the most abundant bioresources on the planet, holds great promise for providing green energy and materials for a sustainable future. The inherent mesoporous and hierarchical structure of wood provides ample opportunities for engineering this natural material using advanced nanotechnologies to achieve novel optical, thermal, and transport properties. In this Matter of Opinion, we outline the design principles and applications of engineered wood for energy-efficient buildings, solar desalination, wastewater purification, and energy conversion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1326-1329
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 4 2022
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science


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