Nanotechnology and the Forest Products Industry

Lead Author: Dr. Jim Bowyer

Publish date: 09.26.2006

 

Exciting New Possibilities

 

The relatively recent development of scientific tools, such as atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopes that allow measurement and imaging of extremely small structures, have laid the foundation for this new field of scientific inquiry and opportunity. Most early work in this area has focused on carbon and the use of carbon nanotubes (perfectly straight tubules with diameters of nanometer size, and properties close to that of an ideal graphite fiber) for applications ranging from microelectrodes in electrochemical reactions to mechanical reinforcement of a range of products. Now, efforts to apply nanotechnology to the forest products field are underway, with the possibilities limited only by the imagination.