Nanostructured composite materials reinforced with nature-based cellulose nanofibres

G. Vargas*, J. Trifol, I. Algar, A. Arbelaiz, G. Mondragon, S. C.M. Fernandes, F. Mujika, I. Mondragon

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A better understanding of the relation between structure and function of cellulose-based hierarchical materials could provide the opportunity for developing new multi-functional composite materials and for designing nanostructured materials structurally optimised, by using biodegradable renewable reinforcing materials. In this paper, recent advances in our Group relating to the study of nanocomposites reinforced with natural cellulose nano-entities, from both vegetal and bacterial sources, are presented. Extraction process of cellulose nanofibres and whiskers as well as composite manufacturing process is expounded. Two composite systems are considered: one based on vegetal cellulose whiskers and another based on bacterial cellulose nanofibres. Presented results are related with morphology, thermal behaviour, mechanical properties, and optical performance of those hierarchical nanocomposites.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign and Nature VI
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Comparing Design in Nature with Science and Engineering - A. Coruna, Spain
Duration: 11 Jun 201213 Jun 2012
Conference number: 6


ConferenceInternational Conference on Comparing Design in Nature with Science and Engineering
Abbreviated titleDN
CityA. Coruna


  • Bacterial cellulose
  • Cellulose nano-entities
  • Nanocomposites
  • Vegetal cellulose

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