Location: Bioproducts ResearchTitle: Bionanocomposites
|MEDEIROS, ELITON SOUTO DE - Universidade Federal Da Paraiba (UFPB)|
|SANTOS, AMELIA - Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Norte|
|DUFRESNE, ALAIN - Grenoble Inp-Pagora, Laboratoire Genie Des Procedes Papetiers|
|Orts, William - Bill|
|MATTOSO, LUIZ - Embrapa|
Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/10/2013
Publication Date: 10/20/2013
Citation: Medeiros, E., Santos, A.S., Dufresne, A., Orts, W.J., Mattoso, L.H. 2013. Bionanocomposites. In: Sabu, Thomas, Kuruvilla, Joseph, Malhotra, S.K, Koichi, Goda, Sreekala, M.S., editors. Polymer composites. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-VCH. p. 361-430.
Technical Abstract: Commonly used polymeric materials, many of which are derived from petroleum, pose problems after their intended life-span. The fast-paced consumption of petroleum (roughly 100'000 times faster than nature can replenish) and the general disposal possibilities, incineration and land filling contribute to the unsustainability of the current situation  and imply future problems in supplying advanced materials. This fact has created the urgent need for replacing petroleum-based polymers by renewable and biodegradable ones. As a result, there has been a growing effort to develop new biodegradable materials from environment-friendly, biodegradable, and renewable resources whose feasibility in suiting their properties to a particular application can result in easily tailored materials such as bionanocomposites.