Plant Fibers as Composite Reinforcements for Biomedical Applications

Lizbeth Zamora-Mendoza, Fernando Gushque, Sabrina Yanez, Nicole Jara, José F. Álvarez-Barreto, Camilo Zamora-Ledezma, Si Amar Dahoumane, Frank Alexis

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Plant fibers possess high strength, high fracture toughness and elasticity, and have proven useful because of their diversity, versatility, renewability, and sustainability. For biomedical applications, these natural fibers have been used as reinforcement for biocomposites to infer these hybrid biomaterials mechanical characteristics, such as stiffness, strength, and durability. The reinforced hybrid composites have been tested in structural and semi-structural biodevices for potential applications in orthopedics, prosthesis, tissue engineering, and wound dressings. This review introduces plant fibers, their properties and factors impacting them, in addition to their applications. Then, it discusses different methodologies used to prepare hybrid composites based on these widespread, renewable fibers and the unique properties that the obtained biomaterials possess. It also examines several examples of hybrid composites and their biomedical applications. Finally, the findings are summed up and some thoughts for future developments are provided. Overall, the focus of the present review lies in analyzing the design, requirements, and performance, and future developments of hybrid composites based on plant fibers.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo804
EstadoPublicada - 5 jul. 2023


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