Accelerated weathering of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and of hybrid PMMA/SiO2/ZrO2 films was monitored by spectroscopic, thermal and colorimetric measurements. The hybrid polymers were obtained by sol-gel process adding tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and zirconyl chloride (ZrOCl2*8H2O) to a solution of PMMA. Photo ageing tests on polymeric films under artificial sunlight irradiation in a climatic chamber suggest that the addition of the inorganic fillers slows down the chemical degradation of PMMA. The polymers were deposited on two different sandstones from Tuscany (Italy): Pietra Dorata and Pietra Serena. Capillary water absorption, contact angle and color measurements show that the hybrid-PMMA coatings retain the water repellency of the sandstone and do not introduce noticeable changes of the aesthetic appearance. Accelerated weathering of the treated sandstone confirms that the SiO2/ZrO2 inorganic filler delays the chromatic changes of the polymer. The hybrid coating may then be proposed for application in the field of outdoor conservation of sandstones, used as building material in ancient and modern architectures.
Weathering resistance of PMMA/SiO2/ZrO2 hybrid coatings for sandstone conservation / Bergamonti, L.; Bondioli, F.; Alfieri, I.; Alinovi, S.; Lorenzi, A.; Predieri, G.; Lottici, P. P.. - In: POLYMER DEGRADATION AND STABILITY. - ISSN 0141-3910. - 147(2018), pp. 274-283.
|Titolo:||Weathering resistance of PMMA/SiO2/ZrO2 hybrid coatings for sandstone conservation|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2017.12.012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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