Biocomposites, also referred to as natural fibre composites ,
are composite materials i.e., formed by a matrix (resin) and a reinforcement (fibres),
in which the fibres are natural i.e., mainly formed by cellulose and therefore originating from plants.

Some of these fibres can be e.g., hemp, jute, flax, sisal, banana, kapok or phormium (New Zealand flax) .
It is desirable that the matrix too originates from cellulose or starch, so that a better compatibility is achieved in the material: an example of starch derived polymer is polylactic acid (PLA) or polycaprolactone (PCL) .

Working on biocomposites can be challenging, because it is important for the environment and involves multidisciplinary competencies
(e.g., engineering and plant science).

RESEARCH

Biocomposites Centre -Bangor

Institute of Food Research

Materials Science Group - Terni (Italy)

Hybrid Design Lab. at SUN (Seconda UniversitÓ di Napoli)

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