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      Processing and characterization of natural cellulose fibers/thermoset polymer composites.

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      Carbohydrate polymers

      Elsevier BV

      Composites, Natural fibers, Polymers, Surface modification

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          Abstract

          Recently natural cellulose fibers from different biorenewable resources have attracted the considerable attraction of research community all around the globe owing to their unique intrinsic properties such as biodegradability, easy availability, environmental friendliness, flexibility, easy processing and impressive physico-mechanical properties. Natural cellulose fibers based materials are finding their applications in a number of fields ranging from automotive to biomedical. Natural cellulose fibers have been frequently used as the reinforcement component in polymers to add the specific properties in the final product. A variety of cellulose fibers based polymer composite materials have been developed using various synthetic strategies. Seeing the immense advantages of cellulose fibers, in this article we discuss the processing of biorenewable natural cellulose fibers; chemical functionalization of cellulose fibers; synthesis of polymer resins; different strategies to prepare cellulose based green polymer composites, and diverse applications of natural cellulose fibers/polymer composite materials. The article provides an in depth analysis and comprehensive knowledge to the beginners in the field of natural cellulose fibers/polymer composites. The prime aim of this review article is to demonstrate the recent development and emerging applications of natural cellulose fibers and their polymer materials.

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          Journal
          Carbohydr Polym
          Carbohydrate polymers
          Elsevier BV
          1879-1344
          0144-8617
          Aug 30 2014
          : 109
          Affiliations
          [1 ] School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, USA. Electronic address: vijayisu@hotmail.com.
          [2 ] Division of Chemistry, Govt. Degree College Sarkaghat, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla 171005, India. Electronic address: shandilyamn@gmail.com.
          Article
          S0144-8617(14)00271-9
          10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.03.039
          24815407

          Composites, Natural fibers, Polymers, Surface modification

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