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Current Development and Future Perspective on Natural Jute Fibers and Their Biocomposites

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Department of Testing and Standardization, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute, Manik Mia Avenue, Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh
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Dyeing and Printing Division, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute, Manik Mia Avenue, Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh
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Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
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Fashion Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG, UK
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Department of Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
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Division of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Kitami Institute of Technology, 165 Koen-cho, Kitami 090-8507, Hokkaido, Japan
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Academic Editor: Jem-Kun Chen
Polymers 2022, 14(7), 1445; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14071445
Received: 6 March 2022 / Revised: 28 March 2022 / Accepted: 29 March 2022 / Published: 1 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mechanical Properties of Polymer Composites)
The increasing trend of the use of synthetic products may result in an increased level of pollution affecting both the environment and living organisms. Therefore, from the sustainability point of view, natural, renewable and biodegradable materials are urgently needed to replace environmentally harmful synthetic materials. Jute, one of the natural fibers, plays a vital role in developing composite materials that showed potential in a variety of applications such as household, automotive and medical appliances. This paper first reviews the characterization and performance of jute fibers. Subsequently, the main focus is shifted towards research advancements in enhancing physical, mechanical, thermal and tribological properties of the polymeric materials (i.e., synthetic or biobased and thermoplastic or thermoset plastic) reinforced with jute fibers in a variety of forms such as particle, short fiber or woven fabric. It is understood that the physio-mechanical properties of jute-polymer composites largely vary based on the fiber processing and treatment, fiber shape and/or size, fabrication processes, fiber volume fraction, layering sequence within the matrix, interaction of the fiber with the matrix and the matrix materials used. Furthermore, the emerging research on jute fiber, such as nanomaterials from jute, bioplastic packaging, heavy metal absorption, electronics, energy device or medical applications and development of jute fiber composites with 3D printing, is explored. Finally, the key challenges for jute and its derivative products in gaining commercial successes have been highlighted and potential future directions are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural fiber; jute fiber; nonwoven; woven fabrics; polymer composite; thermoset plastic; thermoplastics natural fiber; jute fiber; nonwoven; woven fabrics; polymer composite; thermoset plastic; thermoplastics
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Shahinur, S.; Sayeed, M.M.A.; Hasan, M.; Sayem, A.S.M.; Haider, J.; Ura, S. Current Development and Future Perspective on Natural Jute Fibers and Their Biocomposites. Polymers 2022, 14, 1445. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14071445

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Shahinur S, Sayeed MMA, Hasan M, Sayem ASM, Haider J, Ura S. Current Development and Future Perspective on Natural Jute Fibers and Their Biocomposites. Polymers. 2022; 14(7):1445. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14071445

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Shahinur, Sweety, M. M.A. Sayeed, Mahbub Hasan, Abu S.M. Sayem, Julfikar Haider, and Sharifu Ura. 2022. "Current Development and Future Perspective on Natural Jute Fibers and Their Biocomposites" Polymers 14, no. 7: 1445. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14071445

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