Eco-friendly particleboard production from coconut waste valorization

Maila Janaína Coêlho de Souza, Rafael Rodolfo de Melo, José Benedito Guimarães Junior, Adriano Reis Prazeres Mascarenhas, Edgley Alves de Oliveira Paula, Talita Dantas Pedrosa, Daniel Maskell, Prosper Mensah, Francisco Rodolfo Junior

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Reusing agro-industrial waste does not only help to mitigate environmental impact but also enables valorization through the development of new products. The aim is to enhance the physical and mechanical properties of particleboard panels produced with Eucalyptus wood and different proportions of waste products—coconut fiber (Cocos nucifera L.). Physical properties (density, water absorption, and thickness swelling) and mechanical properties (static bending and internal bond resistance) were assessed, and panels reinforced with coconut fiber showed the best qualities with higher density, greater dimensional stability, and less water absorption. Static bending resistance and internal bond resistance also increased significantly. This demonstrated the potential of achieving compatible characteristics for civil construction and furniture production through the inclusion of waste material. The impact of this research is obtained from the utilization of an important agro-industrial residue in the manufacture of permanent composites.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Early online date27 Sep 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Sep 2022


  • Agro-industrial wastes
  • Cocos nucifera
  • Composites
  • Eucalyptus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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