In a world with no metal resources existing in a usable fashion a civilization with tech similar to that of the Mayans discovers a way to make nanocellulose, the ultimate natural polymer from algae. It is known to be useful in hundreds of applications. Could it be used to make swords, spears or any useful melee weapon?
The properties of nanocellulose are listed below:
- Stiffer than Kevlar®
- Electrically conductive
- The crystalline form is transparent, and gas impermeable
- It can be produced in large quantities in a cost-effective manner
- It has a very high tensile strength - 8 times that of steel
- It is highly absorbent when used as a basis for aerogels or foams.
The raw material - cellulose - is the most abundant polymer on earth
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