About the book
Biocomposites are natural fibre-reinforced biopolymers or synthetic fibres which remain bonded together by physical or chemical interactions, but retain their individual physical or chemical identities. In other words, biocomposites are composite materials that consist of either polymer matrix or filler derived from biological resources. They have been widely used in numerous applications such as storage devices, photocatalysts, packaging, furniture, automotive, biosensors, energy, construction, and so forth due to their great versatility and satisfactory performance. The properties of biological derived composite materials are superior in many respects to those of the individual components. Its melting point and viscosity are influenced by the type of polymer matrix, while mechanical properties are governed to a large extent by the type and amount of filler. Its applications are based on their physical, mechanical, and processing properties.
These days, many investigators have been developing these materials via ecofriendly method using lignocellulose, keratin, silk, rice straw, paper sludge, coconut coir, polylactic-co-glycolic acid, alginate, chitosan, graphene, gelatin, dextran, starch, xanthum gum, etc., as an alternative to conventional materials due to their many advantages such as sustainability, nontoxic nature, biodegradability, low cost, etc.
The proposed book will focus on composites made from natural materials (natural fibres and biopolymers) and to relate the physical, mechanical, electrical, structural and biological parameters to biomedical, pharmaceutical and engineering applications. It is intended for academia, professionals, scientists and graduate as well as undergraduate students without any geographical limitations.