Mycelium composites: A review of engineering characteristics and growth kinetics

Jones, M, Huynh, T, Dekiwadia, C, Daver, F and John, S 2017, 'Mycelium composites: A review of engineering characteristics and growth kinetics', Journal of Bionanoscience, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 241-257.

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Title Mycelium composites: A review of engineering characteristics and growth kinetics
Author(s) Jones, M
Huynh, T
Dekiwadia, C
Daver, F
John, S
Year 2017
Journal name Journal of Bionanoscience
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 241
End page 257
Total pages 17
Publisher American Scientific Publishers
Abstract Mycelium composites comprise of networks of filamentous hyphae, utilising biological growth rather than expensive energy intensive manufacturing processes to convert low-cost organic wastes into economically viable and environmentally friendly materials. Although generally characterised as polymer grade foams and used primarily for limited packaging and construction applications, the mechanical performance of these materials varies significantly and is governed by hyphal architecture, cell wall composition, composite constituents and growth kinetics which are in turn influenced by inherent and exogenous factors. A range of potential applications have been proposed including acoustic dampers, super absorbents, paper, textiles, structural and electronic parts. Limited research, inconclusive data and the proposed applications and feasibility suggest that further investigation is warranted.
Subject Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles)
Keyword(s) Composite
Growth Kinetics
Hyphal Architecture
Cell Wall Composition
Engineering Applications
DOI - identifier 10.1166/jbns.2017.1440
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