Biodegradable Nanocomposites for Energy Harvesting, Self-healing, and Shape Memory

  • Deepu Thomas
  • John-John Cabibihan
  • Sasi Kumar
  • S. K. Khadheer Pasha
  • Dipankar Mandal
  • Meena Laad
  • Bal Chandra Yadav
  • S. I. Patil
  • Anil Ghule
  • Payal Mazumdar
  • Sunita Rattan
  • Kishor Kumar Sadasivuni
Part of the Springer Series on Polymer and Composite Materials book series (SSPCM)


This review aims to survey the rapidly expanding field of energy harvesting, self-healing, and shape-memory biodegradable composites by reviewing the major successful autonomic designs developed over the last decade. We have discussed the characterization of the composite and dispersion of the filler by different methods such as grafting, chemical modifications. Also, we have highlighted the recent work on polymers and blends, hydrogels of biocomposites and their controllable approach for adjusting desired properties. In addition to above, the design considerations critical to the successful integration of these components in the commercial applications have been discussed. These materials have huge demand in the development of robust modeling and design tools based on a fundamental understanding of the complex and time-variant properties of the material and mechanization structure in diverse environments. The potential directions for future advancement in this field are also discussed.


Biocomposites Nanogenerators Biodegradable Shape recovery 



This publication was made possible by the support of an NPRP grant from the Qatar National Research Fund (NPRP 7-673-2-251). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deepu Thomas
    • 1
  • John-John Cabibihan
    • 2
  • Sasi Kumar
    • 3
  • S. K. Khadheer Pasha
    • 4
  • Dipankar Mandal
    • 5
  • Meena Laad
    • 6
  • Bal Chandra Yadav
    • 7
  • S. I. Patil
    • 8
  • Anil Ghule
    • 9
  • Payal Mazumdar
    • 10
  • Sunita Rattan
    • 10
  • Kishor Kumar Sadasivuni
    • 2
  1. 1.Research and Development CentreBharathiar UniversityCoimbatoreIndia
  2. 2.Mechanical and Industrial Engineering DepartmentQatar UniversityDohaQatar
  3. 3.Chemistry Division, School of Advanced SciencesVIT UniversityVelloreIndia
  4. 4.Sensors Laboratory, School of Advanced SciencesVIT UniversityVelloreIndia
  5. 5.Organic Nano-Piezoelectric Device Laboratory, Department of PhysicsJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia
  6. 6.Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT)Symbiosis International University (SIU)PuneIndia
  7. 7.Nanomaterials and Sensors Research Laboratory, Department of Applied PhysicsBabasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar UniversityLucknowIndia
  8. 8.Department of PhysicsUniversity of PunePune-7India
  9. 9.Department of ChemistryShivaji UniversityKolhapurIndia
  10. 10.Amity Institute of Applied SciencesAmity University Uttar PradeshNoidaIndia

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