Biocomposites from Biofibers and Biopolymers
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Biobased composites are developed using either the reinforcement and/or matrix from renewable and biodegradable polymers. Although there are plenty of biobased resources available as reinforcements, there are limited numbers of bioresins. Also, the properties of composites developed using biobased resins are not suitable for commercial applications and biobased resins are expensive compared to common synthetic polymer based resins. Considerable efforts are being made to develop biobased resins or modify existing resins to reduce cost and improve performance. In this chapter, we report the latest developments in developing biobased composites classified based on the matrix used. In addition, the performance of the biobased composites under various environmental conditions has also been discussed. Due to the extensive literature available, we have considered studies that are distinct and have been reported in the recent years.
Narendra Reddy thanks the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for funding through the Ramalingaswami Reentry fellowship. Sincere thanks to Centre for Incubation, Innovation, Research and Consultancy and Jyothy Institute of Technology, Thataguni Bengaluru for facilitating the arrangments and encouraging us to complete the chapter.
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