This book provides a clear understanding of the present state and growing utility of biocomposites.
It discusses the combination of fibers such as flax, jute, bamboo, pineapple leaf and oil palm
fibers, kenaf, and industrial hemp with polymer matrices from both non-renewable and renewable sources.
It also covers the chemical nature, testing, biological synthesis, and properties of natural fibers in
comparison to traditional materials as well as their cumulative properties when combined with
various polymers to produce composite materials that are competitive with synthetic composites.
Natural Fibers, Biopolymers, and
Biocomposites integrates the principles of sustainability, industrial ecology,
eco-efficiency, and green chemistry and engineering into the development of the next generation of
materials, products, and processes.
From the Preface: ...Natural fibers are now emerging as viable alternatives to glass fibers either
alone or combined in composite materials for various applications in automotive parts, building
structures and rigid packaging materials. The advantages of natural fibers over synthetic or man-made fibers
such as glass are low cost, low density, competitive specific mechanical properties, carbon dioxide
sequestration, sustainability, recyclability, and biodegradability...
Target Audience: Researchers and technologists in industry and academia who are interested in
the development and applications of biopolymers and biocomposites.
Table of Contents:
Natural Fibers, Biopolymers, and Biocomposites: An Introduction
Plant Fibers as Reinforcements for Green Concrete
Processing of Bast Fiber Plants for Industrial Application
Recent Developments in Retting and Measurement of Fiber Quality in Natural Fibers: Pro and Cons
Alternative Low-Cost Biomass for the Biocomposites Industry
FiberMatrix Adhesion in Natural Fiber Composites
Natural Fiber Composites in Automotive Applications
Natural Fiber Composites for Building Applications
Thermoplastic Wood Fiber Composites
Bamboo-Based Ecocomposites and Their Potential Applications
Oil Palm FiberThermoplastic Composites
Natural FiberRubber Composites and Their Applications
Straw-Based Biomass and Biocomposites
Sorona Polymer: Present Status and Future Perspectives
Polylactic Acid Technology
Bacterial Polyester-Based Biocomposites: A Review
Cellulose Fiber-Reinforced Cellulose Esters: Biocomposites for the Future
Starch Polymers: Chemistry, Engineering, and Novel Products
Lignin-Based Polymer Blends and Biocomposite Materials
Soy Protein-Based Plastics, Blends, and Composites
Synthesis, Properties, and Potential Applications of Novel Thermoforming Biopolymers from
Soybean and Other Natural Oils
Houses Using Soy Oil and Natural Fibers Biocomposites
Biobased Polyurethanes and Their Composites: Present Status and Future Perspective
How Sustainable Are Biopolymers and Biobased Products? The Hope, the Doubts, and the Reality