Modifying cellulose fiber surfaces in the manufacture of natural fiber composites

A. Gandini,     University of Aveiro, Portugal

M.N. Belgacem,     Polytechnic institute of Grenoble, France


Several original methods for modifying the surfaces of cellulose fibers are reviewed including: (i) plasma discharge activation solvent-free grafting; (ii) reversible hydrophobic–hydrophilic tailoring of cellulose surface; (iii) ‘grafting from’ and ‘grafting onto’ fiber–matrix continuous chemical bonding composites through click-chemistry or living polymerization; (iv) layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte systems combined with the precipitation of metallic or metal oxides nanoparticles, in order to prepare hybrid materials with highly hydrophobic ...

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