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Plant-Based Spray Could Be Used in N95 Masks & Energy Devices

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Photo: Left) Jonathan P. Singer; (Right) Lin Lei

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Engineers have invented a way to spray extremely thin wires made of a plant-based material that could be used in N95 mask filters, devices that harvest energy for electricity, and potentially the creation of human organs.

The method involves spraying methylcellulose, a renewable plastic material derived from plant cellulose, on 3D-printed and other objects ranging from electronics to plants, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Materials Horizons.

"This could be the first step towards 3D manufacturing of organs with the same kinds of amazing properties as those seen ...