TY - CHAP A1 - Johnny López Calero A2 - Zuleika Oquendo Berríos A3 - Oscar M. Suarez ED1 - António B. Pereira ED2 - Fábio A. O. Fernandes Y1 - 2019-12-04 PY - 2019 T1 - Biodegradable Chitosan Matrix Composite Reinforced with Titanium Dioxide for Biocidal Applications N2 - Composites are used in a wide range of applications, from electronics to the aeronautical industry. The excellent mechanical properties and low-specific weight of composites are the basis of many structural applications. Despite the progress achieved, there are significant obstacles to the generalisation of structural applications of composites, mainly due to their high cost and complex mechanical behaviour. In fact, there is currently insufficient knowledge regarding the mechanical properties and failure mechanisms of composites made from renewable and sustainable materials. This book focuses on composites from natural and renewable resources, including the enhancement of their properties with additives such as biodegradable nanomaterials, their mechanical characterisation, tailoring of properties for specific applications and their processing. BT - Renewable and Sustainable Composites SP - Ch. 5 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.84397 DO - 10.5772/intechopen.84397 SN - 978-1-78984-216-6 PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-02-25 ER -