DOI: 10.1002/pc.27489 ISSN: 0272-8397

Effect of hybridization on natural fiber reinforced polymer composite materials – A review

R. Prem Kumar, M. Muthukrishnan, A. Felix Sahayaraj
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • General Chemistry
  • Ceramics and Composites


This review explores the hybridization effect of natural fiber‐reinforced composites (NFRCs) to reduce energy consumption and environmental pollution. Although natural fibers offer several advantages over synthetic fibers, such as biodegradability, lightweight, and low cost, their application in NFRCs is challenging due to inherent issues such as variable fiber quality, constrained mechanical properties, water absorption, and poor thermal stability. However, recent research has made significant progress in addressing these issues, resulting in better NFRCs. This article surveys the latest developments in plant‐based NFRCs, focusing on methods and innovations to enhance their performance through fiber modification, hybridization, incorporation of lignocellulosic fillers, and fabrication techniques for mechanical, sound absorption, and wear performance. It also discusses the expanding uses of NFRCs in various industrial sectors and the sustainability of plant‐based NFRCs using life‐cycle assessment.

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