Editors: Deepa Kodali, Vijaya Rangari

Biocarbon Polymer Composites

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ISBN: 978-981-5196-69-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-5196-68-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2023
DOI: 10.2174/97898151966891230101


This book explores cutting-edge biocarbon polymer composites. The book brings together nine edited chapters that explore the development, properties, and applications of these eco-friendly materials, highlighting their potential to transform industries and reduce the environmental impact of traditional polymers. Spanning a range of critical topics, this book begins with an introduction to biocarbon and polymer materials, providing a solid foundation. It then progresses into the latest research on biocarbon sources, processing techniques, and characterization methods. Subsequent chapters cover the mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of biocarbon polymer composites, along with their applications in diverse industries such as automotive, construction, and packaging. Contributors highlight real-world case studies and examples to showcase the practical relevance of these materials.

Readers will gain a comprehensive understanding of the science and technology behind biocarbon polymer composites, enabling them to make informed decisions in materials selection and development. In an era of increasing environmental consciousness, this book emphasizes the eco-friendly nature of biocarbon composites, offering sustainable alternatives to traditional plastics. Additionally, this book bridges the information gaps between different disciplines and it is intended for a wide range of readers, from materials scientists and engineers to environmentalists and industry policymakers.


Researchers and scientists in materials science and engineering; Professionals in industries seeking sustainable alternatives to traditional plastics; Environmentalists and policymakers interested in promoting eco-friendly materials; Academics and students studying materials science, polymer chemistry, and sustainable technologies; Innovators and entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on emerging materials trends.


The editors are pleased and excited to present the book titled Biocarbon Polymer Composites. The title of the book reflects the authors' awareness of the significance of biocarbon-based composites in the modern industrial and manufacturing fields, as well as their desire to introduce readers to one of the most unique classes of materials.

The 21st century has seen an increasing global demand for materials that are sustainable, ecofriendly, and biodegradable. The growing concerns about the environmental impact of plastic waste have spurred research and development of alternative materials, such as biocarbon polymer composites. Dr. Jane Goodall, the internationally acclaimed environmentalist said that Biocarbon polymer composites have the potential to revolutionize the way we manufacture products, by providing an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastics. As said, one of the remarkable features of biocarbon polymer composites is that they have the potential to reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources, mitigate the environmental impact of plastic waste, and create new economic opportunities for rural communities. Biocarbon polymer composites are an exciting new option as we seek out greener alternatives to petroleum-based plastics.

The book is organized into three sections and has nine chapters in total. The three sections Section I - State of the Art, Section II is the Sources of biocarbon and preparation of polymer composites, and Section III is the Properties and Applications of biocarbon polymer composites. Section I includes Chapters 1 and 2, Section II contains Chapter 3, and Section III contains Chapters 4 through 9. Chapter 1 introduces the use of bio nanocarbon to enhance fiber-reinforced nano biocomposites, addressing challenges in composite properties. It covers biocarbon nanoparticle synthesis and their integration into polymeric composites, with a focus on bio-inspired structures. Chapter 2 explores the circular economy and biochar production from waste, emphasizing its potential as a filler for polymer matrices. Section II, Chapter 3, discusses the use of animal waste-derived biochar in polymer nanocomposites, highlighting improved mechanical and thermal properties. Chapter 4 in Section III delves into biochar's application in thermal energy storage materials. Chapter 5 explores biocarbon extraction from various natural waste sources for 3D printing. Chapter 6 investigates rice husk ash as a sustainable filler for biocomposites, analyzing its impact on tensile properties. Chapter 7 discusses biochar-based nanocomposites and their enhanced electrochemical properties, particularly in agriculture. Chapter 8 focuses on synthesizing high-quality graphitic carbon from coconut shell powder for LDPE composite films with improved properties. Lastly, Chapter 9 emphasizes the environmental importance of polymer nanocomposites and biocarbon-reinforced composites in pollution remediation and sustainability efforts.

The main aim of this book is to offer a thorough introduction to biocarbon polymer composites, including the most recent research and practical applications of this material. This book brings together contributions from prominent researchers, engineers, and industry professionals in the field of biocarbon polymer composites. The chapters are structured to provide a clear and concise understanding of biocarbon-based composites' fundamental concepts and practical applications. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the science of these materials and their prospective uses.

Deepa Kodali
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN 38104


Vijaya Rangari
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088