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Liangbing Hu1

1, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States

I will discuss our recent results on multifunctional structures based natural wood materials toward sustainability. I will briefly discuss transparent wood as a replacement of glass for energy efficient building, transparent paper with advanced light management as a replacement of plastics for flexible, biodegradable electronics, and super strong nanopaper as a replacement of steel for automobile and building applications.

I will then focus on wood nanostructures toward energy-water nexus including the following technological areas:
(1) Solar steam generation for water desalination;
(2) 3D wood membrane for waste water filtration (removal of heavy metals and organic waste);
(3) Biodegradable wood-based batteries;
(4) Microbial fuel cells using waster water.

References:
(1) Mesoporous, Three-Dimensional Wood Membrane Decorated with Nanoparticles for Highly Efficient Water Treatment, ACS Nano, 2017, online.
(2) Wood Composite as an Energy Efficient Building Material: Guided Sunlight Transmittance and Effective Thermal Insulation, Advanced Energy Materials, 2016, 6, 1601122.
(3) Anisotropic Transparent Wood-Composites, Advanced Materials, 2016, 28, 5181.

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