Transparent polymers might represent cheap and versatile materials for applications such as low cost solar cell covers. However, their use is limited by their low mechanical hardness and UV-light sensitivity. The use of oxide coatings has been proposed to enhance the mechanical properties and UV-resistance of polymers[1]. Transparent oxide films might also impart self-cleaning or anti-stain properties to polymer surfaces. This might represent an innovative solution to a common issue for the service life of solar cells, i.e. the loss of incident light through scattering or absorption by accumulated dust. Each g/m2 of dirt on cell covers reduces the cell efficiency up to 33% [2]. As installed solar panels are difficult to access, self-cleaning cell covers might be a viable solution. To achieve this goal, the main challenge to be overcome is the development of low temperature synthetic procedures for the deposition of active and adhesive oxide films over polymers. In this study, adhesive, antireflective, self-cleaning or anti-stain oxide films are developed over transparent polymers by a two-step approach. First, the polymer surface is engineered to provide a homogeneous distribution of suitable functional groups improving the oxide adhesion. Second, a low temperature synthesis is developed to obtain transparent, photoactive or superhydrophobic TiO2/SiO2-based films starting from a colloidal oxide suspension grown under microwaves. The obtained materials are characterized for their optical (UV-vis spectroscopy), mechanical (hardness and adhesion tests), and photocatalytic properties (stain removal). Further, durability tests under environmental conditions and accelerated aging under UV irradiation are performed.

hydrophobic and Photoactive Films on Polymer Surface / G. Soliveri, V. Sabatini, D. Meroni, H. Farina. ((Intervento presentato al 28. convegno European Colloid and Interface Society tenutosi a Limassol nel 2014.

hydrophobic and Photoactive Films on Polymer Surface

G. Soliveri
Primo
;
V. Sabatini
Secondo
;
D. Meroni
Penultimo
;
H. Farina
Ultimo
2014

Abstract

Transparent polymers might represent cheap and versatile materials for applications such as low cost solar cell covers. However, their use is limited by their low mechanical hardness and UV-light sensitivity. The use of oxide coatings has been proposed to enhance the mechanical properties and UV-resistance of polymers[1]. Transparent oxide films might also impart self-cleaning or anti-stain properties to polymer surfaces. This might represent an innovative solution to a common issue for the service life of solar cells, i.e. the loss of incident light through scattering or absorption by accumulated dust. Each g/m2 of dirt on cell covers reduces the cell efficiency up to 33% [2]. As installed solar panels are difficult to access, self-cleaning cell covers might be a viable solution. To achieve this goal, the main challenge to be overcome is the development of low temperature synthetic procedures for the deposition of active and adhesive oxide films over polymers. In this study, adhesive, antireflective, self-cleaning or anti-stain oxide films are developed over transparent polymers by a two-step approach. First, the polymer surface is engineered to provide a homogeneous distribution of suitable functional groups improving the oxide adhesion. Second, a low temperature synthesis is developed to obtain transparent, photoactive or superhydrophobic TiO2/SiO2-based films starting from a colloidal oxide suspension grown under microwaves. The obtained materials are characterized for their optical (UV-vis spectroscopy), mechanical (hardness and adhesion tests), and photocatalytic properties (stain removal). Further, durability tests under environmental conditions and accelerated aging under UV irradiation are performed.
Settore CHIM/05 - Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Polimerici
hydrophobic and Photoactive Films on Polymer Surface / G. Soliveri, V. Sabatini, D. Meroni, H. Farina. ((Intervento presentato al 28. convegno European Colloid and Interface Society tenutosi a Limassol nel 2014.
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