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Agrowaste Materials as Composites for Biomedical Engineering

  • Geetanjali Kaushik
  • Poonam Singhal
  • Arvind Chel
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Abstract

Presently steel and plastic are widely used in the manufacture of various products such as doors, false ceilings, toys, boxes for agricultural use, rims, and mobile panels. However, it is evident that both these materials are neither economical nor eco-friendly, and their presence poses serious impacts for the user and the environment. Efforts are underway for research and development in agro-waste fibers, which have shown immense potential as alternative to conventional man-made materials. Agro-waste fibers such as bagasse, rice husk, coconut, banana, and sisal fibers hold significant potential as “Natural Green Composite” due to their high strength, environment-friendly nature, low cost, availability, and sustainability. It is also important to note that until now only 10% of natural fibers derived from Agro-wastes have found application as raw materials for several industries such as biocomposites, automotive component, biomedical, and others. It is concluded that these composites will save the cost involved in manufacturing, processing, and disposing to a significant extent as well as preserve the environment.

Keywords

Agro-waste Composites Biomedical engineering 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geetanjali Kaushik
    • 1
  • Poonam Singhal
    • 2
    • 3
  • Arvind Chel
    • 1
  1. 1.MGM’s Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering CollegeMahatma Gandhi MissionAurangabadIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Rural Development and TechnologyIndian Institute of Technology DelhiNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Indian Institute of ManagementCalcuttaIndia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Environmental SciencesNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA

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