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All-Cellulose Composites

  1. Mark P. Staiger,
  2. Tim Huber

Published Online: 20 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc006

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

How to Cite

Staiger, M. P. and Huber, T. 2012. All-Cellulose Composites. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–16.

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  1. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 JUL 2012


Monocomponent cellulose-based composite materials known as all-cellulose composites (ACCs) have emerged as an exciting class of ultrahigh strength biocomposite materials. In principle, ACCs have the potential to overcome the problem of fiber-matrix incompatibility through the use of chemically similar components. Thus, the main interest in ACCs pivots around their potential for improving load transfer to the fibers, and thereby unlocking the full potential of cellulose microfibrils for the creation of high strength, sustainable, lightweight materials. This article summarizes this field of unique biocomposites by bringing together the current state of knowledge found throughout the composites and biomolecular science and engineering literature.


  • all-cellulose;
  • monocomponent composites;
  • processing;
  • properties;
  • aerocellulose