Using plant fibers as a potential renewable material to substitute for glass fibers in fiber-reinforced polymer composites has been growing since the late 1990s. Numerous secondary plant fibers have been explored as a source renewable material, including fibers from grape cane. Secondary plant fiber is underutilized and produced at least once a year, after harvesting for the primary product. In regard to vineyards, the grape cane is normally collected and burnt, or used as a soil amendment. Secondary plant fiber is abundant and readily available to be used in many applications. However, it is essential to better understand the fiber characteristics and the influence of the selected treatment method on the fiber properties. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of alkali-treated grape cane fibers as a reinforcement material in polymer composite applications. The outcome of this study exhibited the potential of diverting this waste to be a beneficial channel that could benefit the vineyard growers, community, as well as to reduce the environmental burden.
Balkis Bakar is a Wood Science Ph.D. candidate from Malaysia. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Bio-composite Technology at Universiti Teknologi Mara. She received her master's degree in the same field from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia, where she studied agricultural waste material. After completion of her program, she will return to Malaysia to serve as a lecturer at UPM.
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