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Meeting 2025 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Natural Fibers and Biocomposites: A Sustainable Solution
Sponsorship TMS Functional Materials Division
TMS Structural Materials Division
TMS: Biomaterials Committee
TMS: Composite Materials Committee
Organizer(s) Henry A. Colorado, Universidad de Antioquia
Sergio Neves Monteiro, Instituto Militar de Engenharia
Marc A. Meyers, University of California, San Diego
Carlos Castano Londono, Virginia Commonwealth University
George Youssef, San Diego State University
Felipe Perisse Duarte Lopes, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense
Daniel Salazar, BCMaterials
Scope Natural fibers' abundance, excellent properties, biodegradability, and low cost make this renewable resource a green alternative to synthetic fibers for composite material reinforcement. There has been an increase in research and industrial attention for using natural fibers since they can reduce the net CO2 footprint compared to traditional synthetic materials, given their carbon dioxide absorption while growing. Biocomposite materials with natural fibers are mainly developed with polymer matrices. The need to create sustainable solutions and, more critically, biodegradable or biocompatible has promoted applications in sports, transportation, armor, medicine, infrastructure, construction and building materials, and architecture.

The purpose of this symposium is to promote the use of natural materials and their composites as a possible strategy to increase environmental sustainability, as well as to study materials fundamentals for new applications. The main areas are shown below but are not limited to:
• Natural fibers, its properties, and fundamentals
• Surface modifications of natural fiber to improve properties
• Biocomposite materials and potential contributions to sustainability
• Durability, dynamic behavior, adhesion, impact response, mechanical, thermal, and other important properties related to the natural materials and their composites

Abstracts Due 07/15/2024
Proceedings Plan Planned: Stand-alone book in which only your symposium’s papers would appear
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