Natural composites for bettering the environment [Keynote]

Lau, Alan K. T. (2012) Natural composites for bettering the environment [Keynote]. In: BIT's 1st Annual World Congress of Advanced Materials (WCAM 2012):Innovation, Cutting-Edge, and Smartness , 6-8 Jun 2012, Beijing, China.


Recently, the demand on sourcing green materials for different product applications have increased substantially due to the change of worldwide legislations forcing to reduce carbon footprints and the increase of fuel price. Under such circumstance, natural materials have been used gradually, as reinforcements or substitutions to replace
traditional synthetic polymers. The most common types of materials including natural fibres (sisal, hemp, flax, bamboo and animal feather), bioresin and nano-particles
extracted from the nature. Many research works have been conducted in the past few years to examine the viability and feasibility of using these materials to form new classes
of biocomposites. However, due to these materials are extracted from the nature, their properties are highly dependent on many geographic, environmental and climatic factors of the origin of materials. Manufacturing processes for these materials are also the key on how to produce repeatable and reliable products. In this lecture, a comprehensive review on the properties (materials, mechanical, thermal and manufacturing) of these materials and their composites will be discussed. Their impact to the environment and long-term inspection by using smart technologies will also be studied.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2012 BIT World Congress. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 04:28
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 03:49
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
10 Technology > 1007 Nanotechnology > 100708 Nanomaterials
03 Chemical Sciences > 0305 Organic Chemistry > 030502 Natural Products Chemistry
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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