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Algal growth inhibition on cement mortar: Efficiency of water repellent and photocatalytic treatments under UV/VIS illumination

Abstract : Building materials are regularly affected by the growth of microalgae. The consequences are mainly aesthetic but the colonization can cause biodeterioration of the material in the most extreme cases. This study investigates two building material treatments that can potentially inhibit or slow down such growth: photocatalytic coatings and water repellent treatments. The efficiency of these treatments in terms of biological growth inhibition was tested on the algae species Graesiella emersonii. Algal growth on building materials was investigated using two accelerated tests simulating different types of humidification (water capillary ascent and water run-off) under different lighting conditions. Mortars treated with photocatalytic coating or with water repellent were studied. The algal growth on the mortar surface was evaluated using image analysis (area covered and intensity of fouling). No slow down of the biological growth kinetics could be attributed to photocatalytic substrates. However, for mortars impregnated with a water-repellent preparation, algal growth slowed significantly under water run-off and even stopped under water capillary ascent. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Thomas Martinez, Alexandra Bertron, Gilles Escadeillas, Erick Ringot. Algal growth inhibition on cement mortar: Efficiency of water repellent and photocatalytic treatments under UV/VIS illumination. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, Elsevier, 2014, 89, pp.115--125. ⟨10.1016/j.ibiod.2014.01.018⟩. ⟨hal-01850753⟩

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