Surface modification of natural fibers using bacteria: depositing bacterial cellulose onto natural fibers to create hierarchical fiber reinforced nanocomposites.

@article{Pommet2008SurfaceMO,
  title={Surface modification of natural fibers using bacteria: depositing bacterial cellulose onto natural fibers to create hierarchical fiber reinforced nanocomposites.},
  author={Marion Pommet and Julasak Juntaro and Jerry Y Y Heng and Athanasios Mantalaris and Adam Fraser Lee and Karen Sue Wilson and Gerhard Kalinka and Milo S P Shaffer and Alexander Bismarck},
  journal={Biomacromolecules},
  year={2008},
  volume={9 6},
  pages={
          1643-51
        }
}
Triggered biodegradable composites made entirely from renewable resources are urgently sought after to improve material recyclability or be able to divert materials from waste streams. Many biobased polymers and natural fibers usually display poor interfacial adhesion when combined in a composite material. Here we propose a way to modify the surfaces of natural fibers by utilizing bacteria ( Acetobacter xylinum) to deposit nanosized bacterial cellulose around natural fibers, which enhances… CONTINUE READING
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