Processing and characterization of natural cellulose fibers/thermoset polymer composites

Vijay Kumar Thakur*, Manju Kumari Thakur

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Abstract

Recently natural cellulose fibers from different biorenewable resources have attracted the considerable attraction of research community all around the globe owing to their unique intrinsic properties such as biodegradability, easy availability, environmental friendliness, flexibility, easy processing and impressive physico-mechanical properties. Natural cellulose fibers based materials are finding their applications in a number of fields ranging from automotive to biomedical. Natural cellulose fibers have been frequently used as the reinforcement component in polymers to add the specific properties in the final product. A variety of cellulose fibers based polymer composite materials have been developed using various synthetic strategies. Seeing the immense advantages of cellulose fibers, in this article we discuss the processing of biorenewable natural cellulose fibers; chemical functionalization of cellulose fibers; synthesis of polymer resins; different strategies to prepare cellulose based green polymer composites, and diverse applications of natural cellulose fibers/polymer composite materials. The article provides an in depth analysis and comprehensive knowledge to the beginners in the field of natural cellulose fibers/polymer composites. The prime aim of this review article is to demonstrate the recent development and emerging applications of natural cellulose fibers and their polymer materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-117
Number of pages16
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Volume109
Early online date28 Mar 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 30 Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Composites
  • Natural fibers
  • Polymers
  • Surface modification

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