UV-stable paper coated with APTES-modified P25 TiO2 nanoparticles

Fei Cheng, Seyed Mani Sajedin, Stephen M. Kelly*, Adam F. Lee, Andreas Kornherr

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In order to inhibit the photocatalytic degradation of organic material supports induced by small titania (TiO2) nanoparticles, highly photocatalytically active, commercially available P25-TiO2 nanoparticles were first modified with a thin layer of (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane (APTES), which were then deposited and fixed onto the surface of paper samples via a simple, dip-coating process in water at room temperature. The resultant APTES-modified P25 TiO2 nanoparticle-coated paper samples exhibit much greater stability to UV-illumination than uncoated blank reference paper. Very little, or no, photo-degradation in terms of brightness and whiteness, respectively, of the P25-TiO2-nanoparticle-treated paper is observed. There are many other potential applications for this Green Chemistry approach to protect cellulosic fibres from UV-bleaching in sunlight and to protect their whiteness and maintain their brightness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-252
Number of pages7
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Early online date13 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2014

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Funding: European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for financial support under Grant Agreement Number 214653 (SURFUNCELL project), and the EPSRC for the award of a Leadership Fellowship (EP/G007594/3)


  • dip-coating
  • green chemistry
  • UV-stable paper


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