Sustainable development, industrial ecology, eco-efficiency and green chemistry are leading the next generation of materials, products and process development and progress. Composite materials, due to the high strength, light weight and such irreplaceable advantages, have become an important field in materials science. However, the disposal, recycling and regeneration of many composite materials bring the increasingly serious environmental problems. In recent years, green composites made of kenaf, flax, jute, bamboo, pineapple leaf fiber or other natural fibers and bio-based resins, have attracted world-wide attentions by materials scientists and engineers.
To discuss the latest preparation process, forming methods, mechanical properties, applications and trends of green composite materials, the AVIC Composites Co., Ltd, Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM), Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering (NIMTE) of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Donghua University held the 3rd International Symposium on Green Composite Materials at Guilin University of Technology on April 18-19, 2013. The conference organized by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Beijing Chapter. The symposium attracted more than 100 attendees coming from China, UK, France, Pakistan and Hongkong, and got a big success.
The 4th International Symposium on Green Composite Materials (ISGCM) will be held on April 24-25, 2014 in Changsha city, China.