Abstract

The organic material of wood treated with inorganic nanoparticles has gained significant improvements in its stability against ultraviolet (UV) light and moisture degradation. Here, a new method was proposed to modify Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lancellata), which was treated by high-temperature steam and coated with titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles. Due to the synergistic effect, the treated Chinese fir can obtain the properties of surface hydrophobicity and photoaging resistance that can prevent the invasion of moisture and the damage of UV light from sunlight. Scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the morphology, structure, chemical composition, hydrophobicity, and light-aging resistance of the treated Chinese fir. By means of comparative experiments, the Chinese fir was treated with 5 percent nano-TiO2 solution and annealed at 300°C. The surface water contact angle reached to about 130°, indicating the strong hydrophobicity. In addition, the total color difference (ΔE*) after accelerated light aging for 120 hours was only 45 percent of the control sample.

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