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Green composites made from cellulose nanofibers and bio-based epoxy

Processing, performance, and applications

Bamdad Barari and Krishna M. Pillai,    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, United States

Abstract

Fiber-reinforced polymer composites have been used in recent years as an alternative to the conventional materials because of their low weight, high mechanical properties, and low processing temperatures. Most polymer composites are traditionally made using reinforcing fibers such as carbon or glass fibers. However, there has been recent interest in making these reinforcing fibers from natural resources. The plant-derived cellulose nanofibers (CNF) are a material with remarkable mechanical properties at the nanoscale that ...

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