Aspire Grant Program Awardee

ABO Tatiane Marina

Tatiane Marina ABO

Implementation of a new process for the regeneration of cellulosic fibres from banana fibres.

Cameroon —

The use of carbon sulfide (CS2) in cellulose regeneration causes environmental and health problems. Also the most used source of cellulose is wood (eucalyptus), which has a more compact structure than some agricultural waste and requires large amounts of chemicals and equipment for its degradation. The problem is the lack of basic raw materials for the field of artificial textiles from natural celluloses of agricultural origin. The implementation of a new process for the regeneration of cellulosic fibers from banana fibers can be an alternative to reduce the use of wood and non-environmental products in these processes. The objective of this project is to produce regenerated vegetable fibers by an ecological process from banana residues. The regenerated ecological cellulosic fiber will be obtained by extrusion through a locally manufactured extruder. The regenerated fibers will undergo physico-chemical, mechanical, thermal and microscopic analysis in order to define the properties of use.