Highly transparent and thermally stable cellulose nanofibril films functionalized with colored metal ions for ultraviolet blocking activities.


Jiangsu Co-innovation Center for Efficient Processing and Utilization of Forestry Resources, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210037, China. Electronic address: [Email]


Although many preparation methods have been reported so far, it is still a great challenge for Ultraviolet (UV) protection films that simultaneously have extremely high transparency and excellent UV shielding properties. Herein, we reported a simple, eco-friendly process for preparing high transparency TOCN-COOM (M: metal ions) films with diverse UV-shielding performances via adsorption of colored metal ions (Fe3+, Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+). The introduction of Fe3+ lead to an excellent UV blocking, especially almost 89% absorption of Ultraviolet A (UVA) and full absorption of Ultraviolet B (UVB). Simultaneously an extremely high transmittance in the visible light region (around 88%) was retained. In addition, the UV shielding films performed stable UV-blocking when exposed to UV irradiation or thermal treatment at 120 °C. The formation of metal-carboxylate complexes is also advantageous for improving thermal stability. Hence, the obtained TOCN-COOM films have wide application prospect in the field of UV shielding.


Cellulose nanofibril films,Colored metal ions,Thermal stability,Transparency,UV-blocking,

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