1. Bionanocomposites: State of the Art, Challenges, and Opportunities

  1. Alain Dufresne1,
  2. Sabu Thomas2 and
  3. Laly A. Pothen3
  1. Alain Dufresne,
  2. Sabu Thomas and
  3. Laly A. Pothan

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118609958.ch1

Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications

Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications

How to Cite

Dufresne, A., Thomas, S. and Pothan, L. A. (2013) Bionanocomposites: State of the Art, Challenges, and Opportunities, in Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications (eds A. Dufresne, S. Thomas and L. A. Pothen), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118609958.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), The International School of Paper, Print Media, and Biomaterials (Pagora), Saint Martin d'Hères Cedex, France

  2. 2

    School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

  3. 3

    Department of Chemistry, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara, Kerala, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 23 SEP 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118218358

Online ISBN: 9781118609958

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Keywords:

  • bionanocomposites;
  • biopolymers;
  • nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC)

Summary

Researchers are currently developing and modifying biobased materials that have various applications in different fields. Ecological concerns are the main reasons behind this renewed interest in natural and compostable materials. Biopolymers are said to be from renewable sources because they are made from materials that can be grown each year, indefinitely. Owing to their abundance, high strength and stiffness, low weight, and biodegradability, nanoscale polysaccharide materials can be used widely for the preparation of bionanocomposites. Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) derived from acid hydrolysis of native cellulose possesses different morphologies depending on the origin and hydrolysis conditions. This chapter presents an overview of the organization of other chapters in Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications.