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Special Issue "Advances in Natural Fiber Composites and Their Interfacial Adhesion"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Macromolecular Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Pietro Russo

Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research Council, Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078, Pozzuoli, NA, Italy
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Interests: polymer-based composites; nanocomposites; polymer processing; mechanical properties; rheological behavior
Guest Editor
Prof. Fabrizio Sarasini

Department of Chemical Engineering Materials Environment, Sapienza-Università di Roma and UdR INSTM, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Roma, Italy
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Interests: natural fibers; impact damage; polymer matrix composites; fiber–matrix adhesion; mechanical behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last two decades, the growing environmental issues have triggered the replacement of synthetic fibrous materials with lignocellulosic fibers characterized by biodegradability, easy availability, environmental friendliness, and good specific mechanical properties. Despite these benefits, their poor compatibility with polymer matrices still represents a major limitation for their industrial exploitation. In fact, their peculiar hydrophilic properties and surface characteristics prevent them from achieving a proper interfacial adhesion to hydrophobic polymer matrices, which leads to composites with poor mechanical properties. This Special Issue is aimed at collecting advancements made in the field of natural fibers and composites, including fiber–polymer interfacial strength. The aim is to increase our knowledge about the interfaces in natural fiber-reinforced polymer composites. Fundamental studies on fiber sizing or treatments at different scales (single fiber bundles or laminates) are particularly desirable. Both original research papers and reviews are welcome.

We hope that this Special Issue will provide the scientific community with relevant and innovative insights into fiber–matrix interfacial adhesion in natural fiber composites, with a view to broadening their application fields.

Dr. Pietro Russo
Prof. Fabrizio Sarasini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Natural fibers
  • Fiber–matrix adhesion
  • Interface/Interphase phenomena
  • Sizing and surface modification
  • Natural fiber-reinforced polymers

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