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Utilizing the diffusion process in living wood to strip out the lignin creating a cellulose matrix
Essentially you'd be left with a scaffold that you could
impregnate other materials into.
Hopefully you can get the plant to absorb chemicals that will
dissolve the lignin while leaving the cellulose structure in
You would have a spongy open pored structure that could be
used as a
building block for composite materials, insulation or
other things like perhaps a filter.
Aka "Skullduggery" [bungston, Dec 27 2011]
Will the real Andrew Jordan please stand up?
Here's the thing my friend created, but no mention of de-lignification (I presume because he couldn't make it work) [Alterother, Dec 29 2011]
||There should be a way to do this. Search for bullet proof paper.
||An engineer friend of mine, with whom I have been out of
touch for over a decade, was trying to do just this while
working on a master's project. If memory serves, he was
replacing lignin with
a 'ductile resin' of his own design to create composite wood
girders with the strength of steel but greater resiliency. He
couldn't accomplish de-lignification, but
he and his two cohorts created something else (something
similar, I assume) that made them quite wealthy and got
them all whisked off to some other part of the country to
work for some material development corporation. I don't
recall any further details, but if anyone wants to
check out his work, his name is Andrew Jordan and he
graduated from the University of Maine at Orono (UMO).
||Good to know. I considered his fate to be a lesson in the perils of trying to bake your schemes for personal profit, rather than submitting them to the Halfbakery for the common good.
||Who was 'that' andrew jordan? sounds an interesting
||I played fleetingly with the idea of cubes of fungi and/or bacterial cultured woody goodness (edible tree fungi) but compost hasn't really got any culinary appeal.