Recent advances in bionanocomposites: Preparation, properties, and applications
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© 2016 Taylor & Francis. The authors report recent advances in the research and development of bionanocomposites based on four types of nanofillers, namely organically modified layered silicate (OMLS), cellulose nanofibers (CNs), carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and halloysite nanotubes (HNTs). These composite materials have received significant attention from academia and industries due to their unique advantages such as excellent biodegradability, availability, cost effectiveness, and eco-friendliness. The preparation and properties of bionanocomposites have been reviewed in detail together with their current and potential applications in the fields of electronics and sensors, tissue engineering, drug delivery, gene therapy, and cosmetics, as well as packaging.