The development of novel bio-based high-performance materials has come to particular prominence in recent decades for a variety of reasons. Traditional synthetic polymer-based materials are increasingly becoming a burden to ecosystems across the planet due to their long lifespans and overuse in industries such as medicine and food packaging. Additionally, bio-nanocomposites utilizing organic polymers such as cellulose have been shown to exhibit mechanical properties (among others) which are comparable to those of synthetic competitors, making them a viable replacement if these properties can be maximized

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Final Report

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences Independent Study

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