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Researchers make hard building material from paper

25 July 2014

The writing could be on the wall for chipboard now that UK researchers claim to have invented a tough, water-resistant building material from shredded paper.

It’s fire and water resistant and as strong as medium-density fibreboard (MDF), say researchers at Nottingham Trent University.

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It can also be moulded into a variety of shapes.

The study, led by Dr Anton Ianakiev, of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, and Dr Anthony Crabbe, of School of Art & Design, worked with a mixture of long strands of shredded paper and a sodium silicate gluing agent, which protects against flame and moisture.

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