"Materials have an important role in the life of modern man and have been making significant contribution to the techno-economic development of the modern world. A historical analysis of the evolution and using of materials since the so-called industrial revolution, occurring two centuries ago, shows us that we have to develop new products with the obligation to take into account the end of life and the complete energetic cost associated with their fabrication, use, and afterlife. Man has been using materials since the beginning of the recorded history. Initially only natural materials like stone, clay, wood etc. were used. Green composites are a specific class of biocomposites, where a bio-based polymer matrix is reinforced by natural fibers, and they represent an emerging area in polymer science. Green composites are emerging as new eco-friendly polymeric composite material and are offering commercial and engineering applications along with techno-economic advantages.
The growing concern towards environmental problems and the urgent need for more versatile environmental friendly materials has led to increasing attention about polymer composites, i.e. fillers/reinforcing materials coming from renewable sources and biodegradable, especially from forest. The composites usually referred to as “green”, can find several industrial applications as discussed in this work. Biodegradable polymers coming from natural resources are also one important constituent of green composites.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Green Composites’ provides tactic for readers regarding the materials used for the fabrication and specific application of green composites in various fields. It discusses the environmental benefits deriving from the use of natural fibers in polymer composites and from substitution of oil-derived polymers by bio-based polymers as matrix material. New trends in the selection of natural fibers, that is, from waste rather than from valuable crops are described. There is an increasing movement of scientists and engineers who are dedicated to minimizing the environmental impact of polymer composite production. Life cycle assessment is of paramount importance at every stage of a product’s life, from initial synthesis through to final disposal and a sustainable society needs environmentally safe materials and processing methods.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Green Composites’ examines fiber reinforced polymer composite production and clarifies how environmental footprints can be reduced at every stage of the life cycle. The properties of natural fiber sources such as cellulose and wood are deliberated. This Handbook will be of essential guide for agricultural crop producers, government agricultural departments, composite producers and material scientists all devoted to the promotion and practice of eco-friendly materials and production approaches."