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Sugar palm tree: a versatile plant and novel source for biofibres, biomatrices, and biocomposites

Sahari, J. and Sapuan, S. M. and Zainudin, E.S. and Maleque, Md. Abdul (2012) Sugar palm tree: a versatile plant and novel source for biofibres, biomatrices, and biocomposites. Polymers from Renewable Resources, 3 (2). pp. 61-77.

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The use of green materials is a vital component in tackling problems of environmental protection. At the same time, these materials help solve problems arising from the shortage and undegradable nature of petroleum-based materials. Among the numerous green material sources in Malaysia, the sugar palm tree is a versatile plant that can produce biofibres, biomatrices, and biocomposites for a wide range of applications. This paper focuses mainly on the significance of the unutilised part of sugar fibres, as they are highly durable and easy to process. Besides discussing recent advances in research into sugar palm fibres and their biocomposites, this paper also addresses recent advances in research into the development of new biod gradable polymers derived from sugar palm starch. Fibre surface treatment, product development, and efforts to enhance the properties of sugar palm fibre composites are also considered.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6103/24212
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sugar palm tree; Biofibres; Biomatrices; Biocomposites
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy > TN799.5 Nonmetallic minerals
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Prof Dr. Md Abdul Maleque
Date Deposited: 28 May 2012 15:44
Last Modified: 28 May 2012 15:44
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/24212

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