This research project will be developed in order to utilize some low costs cellulosic fibers and lignocellulosic commodities deriving from agriculture . The following objectives will be pursued: 1 - Achievement of non-woven from European fibers like flax and hemp, recycled papers, sorghum and biodegradable binders (starches, lignin); 2 - Achievement of polymeric (thermoplastic or thermosetting) based composites reinforced with natural fibers deriving from annual crops. Steps of proposed research programme: 1 - Preparation of starch-based materials with high amylose content in order to decrease the water absorption. 2 - Preparation of blends with starch products and synthetic polymers (polypropylene, polycaprolactone and nylon) or bacterial biodegradable polyesters (polyhydroxybutyrate and its copolymers) . 3 - Preparation and characterisation of non-woven (dry and wet laid using as binder neat starch and its derivates and lignin). 4 - Preparation of composite materials having as matrices thermosetting or thermoplastic polymers reinforced with annual plants fibers. S - Evaluation of biodegradability of obtained products and their environmental impact and industrial applications of some manufactured.
Funding SchemeCRS - Cooperative research contracts
80131 Napoli - Portici
80072 Arco Felice Napoli
33079 Sesto Al Reghena