Property Enhanced Natural Fiber Composite Materials Based on Chemical Modification

  • Roger M. Rowell


Agro-based resources, also referrered to as lignocellulosics, are resources that contain cellulose, hemicelluloses, and lignin. Lignocellulosics include wood, agricultural residues, water plants, grasses, and other plant substances. When considering lignocellulosics as possible engineering materials, there are several very basic concepts that must be considered. First, lignocellulosics are hygroscopic resources that were designed to perform, in nature, in a wet enviornment. Secondly, nature is programmed to recycle lignocellulosics in a timely way through biological, thermal, aqueous, photochemical, chemical, and mechanical degradations.


Acetic Anhydride Equilibrium Moisture Content Weight Percent Gain Thickness Swell Cell Wall Polymer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger M. Rowell
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  1. 1.USDA Forest ServiceForest Products LaboratoryMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological Systems EngineeringUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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