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    Author(s): Mandla A. Tshabalala
    Date: 2006
    Source: Proceedings of the Fifth International Woodcoatings Congress : Enhancing Service Life, 2006 October 17-18, Prague, Czech Republic. Hampton, UK : PRA Coatings Technology Centre, 2006: 6 pages.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Interest in the use of nanoparticles of iron, titanium, aluminum, and zinc oxides in transparent coatings for wood is increasing. Such nano-composite coatings have the potential of not only preserving the natural color of the wood but also stabilizing the wood surface against the combined degradative effects of sunlight and moisture. The nanoparticles can be used as additives to coating formulations or deposited directly as thin films on a substrate. Thin film deposition can be accomplished by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor or by sol-gel deposition. This paper describes sol-gel deposition of a hybrid inorganic–organic thin film on wood using a mixture of metal–organic precursors and its effect on weathering properties of the wood surface.

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    Tshabalala, Mandla A. 2006. Wood surface modification by in-situ sol-gel deposition of hybrid inorganic-organic thin films. Proceedings of the Fifth International Woodcoatings Congress : Enhancing Service Life, 2006 October 17-18, Prague, Czech Republic. Hampton, UK : PRA Coatings Technology Centre, 2006: 6 pages.

    Keywords

    Wood surfaces, aluminum oxide, aluminum coatings, accelerated life testing, water repellents, aluminum, weathering, coatings, deterioration, wood moisture, deterioration, nanoparticles, nanotechnology, nanocomposites, thin films, accelerated testing, loblolly pine, sol-gel deposition

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