A review on new bio-based constituents for natural fiber-polymer composites

January 19, 2024

Composite materials based on renewable agricultural and biomass feedstocks are increasingly utilized as these products significantly offset the use of fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in comparison with conventional petroleum-based materials. However, the inclusion of natural fibers in polymers introduces several challenges, such as excess water absorption and poor thermal properties, which need to be overcome to produce materials with comparable properties to the conventional composite materials. Instead of using rather expensive chemical and physical modification methods to eliminate these aforementioned challenges, a new trend of utilizing waste, residues, and process by-products in natural fiber-polymer composites (NFPCs) as additives or reinforcements may bring considerable enhancements in the properties of NFPCs in a sustainable and resilient manner. In this paper, the effects of waste materials, residues or process by-products of multiple types on NFPCs are critically reviewed and their potential as NFPC constituents is evaluated.
Taneli Väisänen, Oisik Das, Laura Tomppo. 
Taneli Väisänen, Oisik Das, Laura Tomppo. (2017), A review on new bio-based constituents for natural fiber-polymer composites. Journal of Cleaner Production 149: 582-596. doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.132