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Fluorosilane Water-Repellent Coating for the Protection of Marble, Wood and Other Materials

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Laboratory of Polymers and Dyes Chemistry and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-54124 Macedonia, Greece
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Department of Management and Conservation of Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage Objects, University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, GR-54250 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Academic Editors: Antonia Moropoulou, Elisabetta Zendri, Ekaterini Delegou and Michael Turner
Received: 31 August 2021 / Revised: 18 September 2021 / Accepted: 23 September 2021 / Published: 25 September 2021
The preservation of cultural heritage monuments and artifacts requires the development of methods to produce water-repellent materials, which can offer protection against the effects of atmospheric water. Fluorosilanes are a very promising class of materials, as they act as precursors for the formation of low surface energy polymer networks. 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyl-triethoxysilane is applied on marble, wood and the surfaces of other materials, such as glass, silicon wafer, brass, paper and silk. According to the measurements of static water contact angles, it is reported that superhydrophobicity and enhanced hydrophobicity are achieved on the surfaces of coated marble and wood, respectively. Hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity were observed on the treated surfaces of the other materials. More important, water repellency is achieved on any hydrophobic or superhydrophobic surface, as revealed by the very low sliding angles of water drops. The study is accompanied by colorimetric measurements to evaluate the effects of the treatment on the aesthetic appearances of the investigated materials. Finally, the capillary absorption test and a durability test are applied on treated wood and marble, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrophobic; superhydrophobic; water repellent; fluorosilane; contact angle hydrophobic; superhydrophobic; water repellent; fluorosilane; contact angle
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Adamopoulos, F.G.; Vouvoudi, E.C.; Achilias, D.S.; Karapanagiotis, I. Fluorosilane Water-Repellent Coating for the Protection of Marble, Wood and Other Materials. Heritage 2021, 4, 2668-2675. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage4040150

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Adamopoulos FG, Vouvoudi EC, Achilias DS, Karapanagiotis I. Fluorosilane Water-Repellent Coating for the Protection of Marble, Wood and Other Materials. Heritage. 2021; 4(4):2668-2675. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage4040150

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Adamopoulos, Fotios G., Evangelia C. Vouvoudi, Dimitris S. Achilias, and Ioannis Karapanagiotis. 2021. "Fluorosilane Water-Repellent Coating for the Protection of Marble, Wood and Other Materials" Heritage 4, no. 4: 2668-2675. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage4040150

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