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Waterborne Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Coatings for the Protection of Marble and Sandstone

Department of Management and Conservation of Ecclesiastical Cultural Heritage Objects, University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, 54250 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Materials 2018, 11(4), 585;
Received: 20 February 2018 / Revised: 22 March 2018 / Accepted: 4 April 2018 / Published: 10 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from TechnoHeritage 2017)
Silica nanoparticles were dispersed in an aqueous emulsion of alkoxy silanes and organic fluoropolymer. The dispersion was sprayed onto white marble and sandstone. The deposited composite coatings exhibited (i) superhydrophobicity and superoleophobicity, as evidenced by the high (>150°) static contact angles of water and oil drops as well as (ii) water and oil repellency according to the low (<7°) corresponding tilt contact angles. Apart from marble and sandstone, the coatings with extreme wetting properties were deposited onto concrete, silk, and paper, thus demonstrating the versatility of the method. The siloxane/fluoropolymer product was characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy equipped with an Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometer (SEM-EDX). Moreover, SEM and FT-IR were used to reveal the surface structures of the composite coatings and their transition from superhydrophobicity to superhydrophilicity which occurred after severe thermal treatment. The composite coatings slightly reduced the breathability of marble and sandstone and had practically no optical effect on the colour of the two stones. Moreover, the coatings offered good protection against water penetration by capillarity. View Full-Text
Keywords: superhydrophobic; superoleophobic; coating; cultural heritage; marble; sandstone superhydrophobic; superoleophobic; coating; cultural heritage; marble; sandstone
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Aslanidou, D.; Karapanagiotis, I.; Lampakis, D. Waterborne Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Coatings for the Protection of Marble and Sandstone. Materials 2018, 11, 585.

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