1st Edition

Bio-Based Composites for High-Performance Materials From Strategy to Industrial Application

    336 Pages 93 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    336 Pages 93 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Since synthetic plastics derived from fossil resources are mostly non-biodegradable, many academic and industrial researchers have shifted their attention toward bio-based materials, which are more eco-friendly.

    Bio-Based Composites for High-Performance Materials: From Strategy to Industrial Application provides an overview of the state-of-art in bio-based composites. The book integrates knowledge from various disciplines including plant science, materials science, polymer chemistry, chemical engineering, and nanotechnology. It discusses the raw materials used in bio-based composites, basic design principles, properties, applications, and life cycle assessments.

    The book also presents a strategic and policy-oriented view of these composites and considers the costs of retrofitting existing chemical production plants for bio-based composite manufacture. It is a definitive resource on bio-composites for academics, regulatory agencies, research and development communities, and industries worldwide.

    Bio-Based Composites: An Introduction; Rungsima Chollakup, Wirasak Smitthipong, and Michel Nardin

    Bio-Based Strategy: Food and Non-Food Markets; Rina Singh, Brent Erickson, and Paul Winters

    Strategy of Bio-Based Resources: Material versus Energy; Kuakoon Piyachomkwan, Sittichoke Wanlapatit, Wirasak Smitthipong, and Klanarong Sriroth

    Bio-Inspired Materials; Arkadiusz Chworos and Wirasak Smitthipong

    Natural Fiber Surface Treatments and Coupling Agents in Bio-Based Composites; Potjanart Suwanruji, Wirasak Smitthipong, and Rungsima Chollakup

    Reinforcement of Polymers by Flax Fibers: Role of Interfaces; Christophe Baley, Antoine Le Duigou, Alain Bourmaud, Peter Davies, Michel Nardin, and Claudine Morvan

    Effects of Reinforcing Fillers and Coupling Agents on Performances of Wood–Polymer Composites; Diène Ndiaye, Mamadou Gueye, Ansou Malang Badji, Coumba Thiandoume, Anicet Dasylva, and Adams Tidjani

    Natural Fiber Polyolefin Composites: Processing, Melt Rheology, and Properties; Haroutioun Askanian, Ya Feng, Sophie Commereuc, Florence Delor-Jestin, Kristyna Montagova, Roman Cermak, Valérie Massardier, and Vincent Verney

    Polysaccharide Bio-Based Composites: Nanofiber Fabrication and Application; Jackapon Sunthonrvarabhas, Klanarong Sriroth, and Hyun-Joong Kim

    Recent Advances in Cellulose Nanocomposites; Ali Faghihnejad and Hongbo Zeng

    Improvement of Damage Resilience of Composites; Jiye Chen

    Lifetime Durability of Bio-Based Composites; Vincent Verney, Solène Gaudin, Sophie Commereuc, Haroutioun Askanian, Florence Delor-Jestin, Alexandre Govin, and René Guyonnet

    Mechanical Properties of Natural Fiber-Reinforced Composites; Rattana Tantatherdtam, Rungsima Chollakup, and Wirasak Smitthipong

    Characterization and Strength Modeling of Laminated Bio-Based Composites; Peggi L. Clouston, Sanjay R. Arwade, and Alireza Amini

    Micromechanical Modeling of Bio-Based Composites; Michael May and Deborah Mohrmann

    Life Cycle Assessments of Bio-Based Composites: A Review; Thimothy Thamae and Caroline Baillie

    Bio-Based Composites: Future Trends and Environmental Aspects; V.P. Sharma


    Wirasak Smitthipong is a researcher at the Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Product Improvement Institute in Kasetsart University, Thailand. He earned his PhD in chemistry from the University of Haute Alsace, France. Dr. Smitthipong was awarded a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the Materials Research Laboratory and College of Engineering in the University of California, Santa Barbara. He worked for Michelin as a lead rubber formulation designer in France and Thailand. His research interests include surface and interface phenomena, rubber, adhesion, composite materials, biomaterials, polymer science and engineering, and supramolecular and nanoscale materials. Dr. Smitthipong has authored or co-authored more than 60 scientific articles and papers and edited two books.

    Rungsima Chollakup is a senior researcher at the Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Product Improvement Institute in Kasetsart University, Thailand. She earned her PhD program in textile science at the University of Haute Alsace in Mulhouse, France. She pursued postdoctoral studies at College of Engineering in the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a visiting researcher at the Laboratoire de Photochimie Moléculaire et Macromoléculaire in the Université Blaise Pascal, France. Her research interests include natural fibers, polymer characterizations, composite materials, and biomaterials. Dr. Chollakup has authored more than 50 scientific articles and papers and three book chapters.

    Michel Nardin is the former director of research of the French National Center for Scientific Research. He earned his PhD in physical chemistry from the Universities of Strasbourg and Mulhouse in France and then pursued postdoctoral studies at University of Leeds, UK. His research interests include the fundamental and practical aspects of adhesion, physical chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, wettability, capillary impregnation of powders and fabrics, thermodynamics and micromechanics of fiber–matrix interfaces in composite materials, tack and adhesive properties of elastomers, interactions of surfaces, and living matter. Dr. Nardin has authored more than 170 scientific articles and papers as well as 11 book chapters.

    "This book provides an overview of the state of the art and emerging trends in the area of bio-based composites, demonstrating the existence of a lot of solutions, and underscoring the idea that their applications require interdisciplinary understanding, particularly in the fields of materials science and engineering."

    —Valentin I. Popa, Cellulose Chemistry and Technology