Natural fibers

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Awareness of the environmental issues surrounding petroleum-based materials and glass fibers has been increasing. At the same time, there is a growing interest in eco-friendly materials, such as cellulose nanofibers, which are lightweight, recyclable, biodegradable, and renewable. Therefore, more efforts have been directed towards developing cellulose nanofiber-based composites, especially for industrial use. However, replacing traditional synthetic fibers is a challenge, and extensive research is still needed in order to overcome the various drawbacks, such as high moisture absorption, poor adhesion, incompatibility, and shape irregularity.

This Collection aims to showcase the latest advances on types, sources, and processing of natural fibers, as well as the physical and mechanical properties, and high-performance applications, of natural fiber composites and cellulosic-fiber composites.

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A Macro Shot Of The Surface Rectangular, Carbon Cabin Filter. Fibers Arranged In Diagonal Lines. - stock photo


  • Carlos A. Fernandez

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

  • Wadood Y. Hamad

    FPInnovations and University of British Columbia, Canada

  • Yun Lu

    Chinese Academy of Forestry, China

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To submit your manuscript for consideration at Scientific Reports as part of this Collection, please follow the steps detailed on this page. On the first page of our online submission system, under “I’m submitting:” select the option “any other article type”. Once logged in you can submit your manuscript to a Collection by selecting “Guest Edited Collection”, under the “Choose the appropriate manuscript type” message, and clicking “Continue”. Then when filling out the manuscript information, select the "Natural fibers" Collection from the alphabetical list on the “Springer Nature Subject Category” tab. Authors should express their interest in the Collection in their cover letter.

Accepted papers are published on a rolling basis as soon as they are ready.

In addition to papers on Natural fibers, Scientific Reports welcomes all original research in materials science. To browse our latest articles in materials science click here.


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