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Fibers, Volume 5, Issue 3 (September 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The self-assembly of bacterial cellulose (BC) nanofibers onto the surface of sisal fibers—when [...] Read more. The self-assembly of bacterial cellulose (BC) nanofibers onto the surface of sisal fibers—when placed in the culture medium, during the fermentation process—was investigated. Freely moving bacteria are able to self-assemble around the fibers to form a BC–sisal hybrid structure. Increased surface roughness, BC–sisal fiber hydrogen bonds and embedding of BC nanofibers in the resin result in a strong fiber–resin interfacial interaction. This led to higher tensile properties of the BC–soy protein composites. Such hybrid structures can be obtained using any other fibers or fibrils. View this paper