List of some of the revolutionary materials developed by the researchers this year that varies from biomaterials to advanced new industrial ones that could improve our lives. We, humans, are always on the path of inventions and innovations. In addition to building new technologies and machines, the invention of new materials greatly influences the future of products and their manufacturing processes. Wondering what are the best materials invented in 2018? Here they are! Now, this is a material with a weird name, but that all will be justified when you learn more about it. The Wood Sponge is a new material developed by turning wood into a stripped down version of itself by treating with chemicals. The process results in the removal of hemicellulose and lignin, which leaves with a body of cellulose. The reason why the Wood Sponge tops our list is that of its area of application – to absorb oil from water. Oil and chemical spillage has resulted in unprecedented damage to water bodies all around the world, and we have been looking for more efficient ways to combat it. The research team led by Xiaoqing Wang wanted to develop a new absorbent from renewable material, hence wood. The re...