Special Issue "Bio- and Natural-Fiber Composites"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2016)
Biocomposites can be defined as composites containing material produced biologically, including those containing natural fibers. This area has seen an explosion of interest over the last few decades, relating to the potential benefits of this group compared to more conventionally utilized materials (including glass fiber reinforced composites), such as reduced cost, lower density, local availability, and also regarding their use as a renewable resource for which production involves carbon dioxide absorption and requires less energy. At the end of their service lives, they have shown better recycling potential and lower emission of toxic fumes during incineration. However, there are remaining challenges that need to be met to extend their commercial application including those of reducing moisture absorption, improving mechanical performance and fire resistance, dealing with higher fiber variability and lower possible processing temperatures. Good progress is occurring for biocomposites with emerging applications demonstrating that these challenges are being overcome and even enabling their use beyond semi-structural applications in structural and outdoor applications. It is timely to assess the progress made in this area and I welcome any submissions in this Special Issue, including review papers and technical papers in this area to help celebrate such recent successes.
Prof. Kim L. Pickering
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