Special Issue "Plant Fibers"

A special issue of Fibers (ISSN 2079-6439).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Carlo Santulli

School of Architecture and Design (SAAD), Università degli Studi di Camerino, viale della rimembranza 63100 Ascoli Piceno, Italy
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Interests: plant fibers; composites; mechanical characterization; agro-waste; materials design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the study of plant fibers in materials engineering, to which this issue is dedicated, has become increasingly popular. This involves the outsourcing and extraction of fibers as an agricultural by-product, to obtain textiles, which can be used in the production of composites, preferably in combination with biopolymers. Other fields concern the mechanical and thermal characterization of these composites, in which a number of factors can have an effect, such as fiber treatment, geometry, and lay-up of fibers in the composites. Moreover, so far only a limited number of fibers has been experimented upon for these purposes, extracted mainly from the bast, fruit, or leaves of these plants. However, agricultural crops in a number of countries traditionally produce fibers, which can be used for engineering purposes once they have been properly optimized as far as their extraction and treatment is concerned and they have been arranged suitably. The issue also welcomes proposals for the use of fibers that so far have had no history of application in materials engineering, only in other fields, or are simply waste of another (e.g., food, textiles) productive system.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Carlo Santulli
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • production of plant fiber composites
  • fiber treatment
  • mechanical properties of plant fiber composites
  • impact properties of plant fiber composites
  • use of fibers from agro-waste
  • fiber extraction
  • thermal characterisation of plant fibers

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Corn and Rice Starch-Based Bio-Plastics as Alternative Packaging Materials
Fibers 2019, 7(4), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/fib7040032
Received: 6 January 2019 / Revised: 3 March 2019 / Accepted: 17 March 2019 / Published: 9 April 2019
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Abstract
Due to the negative environmental impacts of synthetic plastics, the development of biodegradable plastics for both industrial and commercial applications is essential today. Researchers have developed various starch-based composites for different applications. The present work investigates the corn and rice starch-based bioplastics for [...] Read more.
Due to the negative environmental impacts of synthetic plastics, the development of biodegradable plastics for both industrial and commercial applications is essential today. Researchers have developed various starch-based composites for different applications. The present work investigates the corn and rice starch-based bioplastics for packaging applications. Various samples of bioplastics are produced, with different compositions of corn and rice starch, glycerol, citric acid, and gelatin. The tensile properties were improved after adding rice starch. However, water absorption and water solubility were reduced. On the basis of these results, the best sample was analyzed for thickness testing, biodegradability properties, SEM, hydrophilicity, thermogravimetric analysis, and sealing properties of bioplastic. The results show the suitability of rice and corn-based thermoplastic starch for packaging applications. Full article
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