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World Thinnest LaTeX from Australian Grass

Australian researchers have won a cellulose in the Nano range from grass, which significantly improves the properties of LaTeX. Thinner material is possible, which allows finer sense, not only in the finger tips when working with gloves.

Spinifex is an Australian invention. A licorice from the indigenous people already have won resin to attach their spearheads to the wooden shaft. That chemists would win a Nano pulp out of the grass and have probably not imagined indigenous people. Researchers at the University of Queensland create outstanding material.

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Dr. Nasim Amiralian has developed new LaTeX-grass combination. Photo: Queensland University

The process, although from the field of nanotechnology, sounds so simple as you could make it at home in the kitchen. Dr. Nasim Amiralian explains it: “one cuts the grass only small and mashed it together with sodium hydroxide. At this stage it looks like paper pulp. Then pressing it under high pressure through a very small hole, to solve the Nano fibers of the pulp.” The Nano cellulose, which floats in a simple solution of water and can be easily added to a water-based rubber.

20 percent endured LaTeX from Australian Grass

This additive shows amazing qualities. Load tests showed that more volume expansion used as conventional material withstand the LaTeX-grass combination 20% more pressure and even 40 percent. Since the industry but not so much stronger, but rather of lighter and thinner materials is interested research head Prof. wants to steer Darren Martin the development in this direction. 30 percent thinner LaTeX that have only the thickness of a human hair opinion is feasible without quality loss.

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Processing of the new material in the laboratory, Australian Queensland University.

The researchers are working, we say: very application-oriented ideas come to mind. Specifically, they tested their invention in the United States on devices of the condom industry. A manufacturer in the industry has also been financially supported research project. Because clear is: the thinner a condom it feels like the less stupid on. And what each buyer wants. “It’s there about a billion market,” Martin white.

Race to the thinnest condom

That’s why other applications are also rather beside the point. Except gloves made of thinner material: this could give surgeons more flair and they tire less quickly at work. As for the new material might be appropriate.

For the time being but crashes especially the condom industry on the invention. Since the invention of the rubber, the race to the thinnest, virtually imperceptible condom runs 160 years ago. For example two years ago, a Japanese company already came with a condom on the market, which has only one-sixth the thickness of conventional products.