Radical Species Production and Color Change Behavior of Wood Surfaces Treated with Suppressed Photoactivity and Photoactive TiO2 Nanoparticles

Hernandez, Vicente; Morales, Constanza; Sagredo, Nicole; Pérez-González, Gabriel; Romero, Romina; Contreras, David


The use of TiO2 nanoparticles for photoprotection comprise a side effect due to the photocatalysis of the nanoparticles under UV radiation. In this work we studied how the suppression of TiO2 photocatalytic activity may affect the production of phenoxy radicals and the color of wood surfaces exposed to UV radiation. The experimental work considered the modification of TiO2 nanoparticles to reduce its photoactivity and the use electron paramagnetic resonance to test free radical production. Wood samples were treated with the different TiO2 nanoparticles and the radical production and color changes were evaluated after UV exposure. Experimental results showed that in wood samples exposed to UV radiation the use of TiO2 with suppressed photoactivity yielded increased amounts of phenoxy radicals, in comparison to samples treated with photoactive TiO2. Similar results were obtained in terms of color change, where samples treated with suppressed photoactivity TiO2 showed significantly higher color changes values, after 2000 h of UV exposure, than samples treated with photoactive TiO2. These results suggest that in wood surfaces, the photocatalytic effect of TiO2 may be crucial on the performance of the nanoparticles as photoprotective treatment.

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Título de la Revista: COATINGS
Volumen: 10
Número: 11
Editorial: MDPI AG
Fecha de publicación: 2020
Página de inicio: 1033
Página final: 1045
Idioma: English