Natural fibers and their composites have a long and important place in the history of
human creativity and industry. Increasing consumer interest in “green” products made
with sustainable materials, along with the rising cost of petroleum — the basic ingredient
of synthetic fibers — have once again brought natural fibers and their composites to the
The renewed interest in natural fibers is only a few decades old. Thus, the pioneering work
of current researchers in this new era of natural fiber composites will help to illuminate the
path for future researchers as they explore new potentialities for natural fibers.
Sabu Thomas and Laly Pothen, themselves leaders in the field, bring together cutting edge
research by eminent scientists in Natural Fiber Reinforced Composites. Covering the
latest research trends such as nano technology, the book will be a valuable resource for
the natural fiber composite researcher.