COPPER COMPLEXES GRAFTED TO AMINO-FUNCTIONALIZED SILICA GEL AS WOOD PRESERVATIVES AGAINST FUNGAL DECAY: MINI-BLOCKS AND STANDARD TEST

Sabrina Palanti, Elisabetta Feci, Giovanni Predieri, Francesca Vignali

Abstract


Previous preliminary studies showed good efficacy of treatments based on a mixture of siloxane materials, functionalized with amino groups and coupled with copper, against the brown rot fungus Coniophora puteana (Palanti et al. 2011). In the present work, a one-step impregnation was performed on two sets of samples differing in size, in order to verify and compare the homogeneity of treatments. Leaching and resistance against brown rot and white rot fungi were also tested according to European standards EN 84 and EN 113, respectively. Furthermore, an accelerated test of efficacy against fungal decay was also used for determining the treatment efficacy. The obtained results made it possible to validate the findings of the preliminary study concerning resistance of the treated wood against C. puteana, while extending them to the white rot fungus Trametes versicolor. In contrast, no protection was conferred by the treatment against the copper-tolerant fungus Poria placenta.

Keywords


Alkoxysilane; Sol-gel materials; Coniophora puteana; Trametes versicolor; Poria placenta; Wood modification

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