Special Issue "Plant Fibers II"
A special issue of Fibers (ISSN 2079-6439).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: polymer characterization; biocomposites; natural fibers; waste upcycling
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Special Issue in Polymers: Biopolymers Characterisation
Plant fibers are widely available from many species, and their taxonomy is continuously being extended, to spontaneous and not only cropped species, even, in some cases, arising from different parts of the same plant, such as leaves, fruits, and stems. Their increasing profile and extent of application in composites, both polymer-based and, recently, also ceramic-based, and nanocomposites is currently linked to a number of issues and developments of significant interest in the field of sustainability. This is related, in particular, to the possibility of using agro-industrial waste to extract fibers and the need to replace materials with less favorable ends of life, such as fiberglass. In the latter case, the prospected use of biopolymers as the matrix for the introduction of plant fibers would extend the potential of these materials.
To qualify plant fibers for use in composites and nanocomposites, it is essential to characterize them (mechanically, thermally, chemically, etc.) and, once they are inserted in the composite, to be able to compare their properties with those of competing (e.g., synthetic) materials. In addition, research is also focusing on studies comparing their respective carbon footprints, for example, as concerns life cycle analysis (LCA).
This issue therefore concerns, but is not limited to:
- Studies on ligno-cellulosic fibers (from stems, leaves, fruits and seed hairs);
- Studies of the extraction of lignin, cellulose or nanocellulose/nanolignin from plant fibers and relevant by-products (e.g., husk);
- Studies on plant fiber composites and hybrids (including different plant fibers or plant and other fibers);
- Studies on plant fibers from agro-industrial waste;
- Studies on the use of industrial and expressly synthesized biopolymers in plant fiber composites;
- Reviews on different plant fibers and plant fiber composites with different matrices.
Prof. Dr. Carlo Santulli
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- Production of plant fiber composites
- Fiber treatment
- Mechanical properties of plant fiber composites
- Impact properties of plant fiber composites
- Use of fibers from agro-waste
- Fiber extraction
- Thermal characterization of plant fibers.