Our solutions use sunlight and artificial light to break down contaminants that come into contact with surfaces using a process known as photocatalysis.
Using the energy of light, our solutions decompose naturally organic molecules that make up VOC, NOX and NO, transforming them into inert substances that are not dangerous to health. This technology also allows our coating products to use light to break down and eliminate pollution, NOX, viruses, bacteria and fungi from your air and surfaces.
What is photocatalysis & how does it work?
NATURALLY BREAKING DOWN BACTERIAS & POLLUTION
The air we breathe in urban areas and in our homes contains pollutants & gases in different concentrations. The most common gaseous pollutants are carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and ozone. These chemical compounds are produced by different sources, the main man-made source being the burning of fossil fuels.
On the other hand, air contains aerosols. These are heterogeneous mixtures of particles – solid or liquid – suspended in a gas such as atmospheric air. Some particles are also viruses or bacteria in suspension. Particulate matter, breathed in, can damage our lungs and cause respiratory problems, irritant effects, inflammatory effects, or carcinogenic effects.
Viruses use bacteria and other cells to reproduce, and they travel through smoke and pollution. Therefore, poor air quality generates a greater proliferation of viruses. This, added to the reproduction of super bacteria resistant to traditional treatments, constitutes a danger to human health.
active surfaces using the power of light
Photocatalysis is a natural phenomenon whereby one molecular species undergoes a photochemical alteration due to the presence of another molecular species thatacts as a photocatalyst. This definition includes photo sensitization, a process in which one molecular species undergoes a photo chemical alteration as a result of an initial absorption of light energy by another molecular species.
In nature this happens all the time. It happens for example when plants, thanks to sunlight, transform carbon dioxide into oxygen, or water into glucose.
technology inspired by nature
Our surfaces, in contact with light, allow the formation of species reactive to oxygen (ROS) such as 05·, H202 and hydroxyl. These compounds are capable of transforming harmful organic substances into harmless inorganic molecules (such as 1-120 and COZ), reducing viruses. bacteria and super-bacteria by 99% over time.
This photocatalytic effect not only removes air pollution and kills bacterial cells after application. but it continues to break them down actively and continuously. In this way, our photocatalytic coatings sanitize surfaces whilst combating & breaking down pollution and dirt particles.
Thanks to the permanent degradation of the organic molecules that come into contact with the surfaces, they are kept clean and free of pathogens.
combating pathogens 24 / 7
Photocatalytic materials have been found to be more effective than any other conventional antibacterial agent. This is because the photocatalytic reaction occurs even when there are cells covering the surface and when the multiplication of bacteria is active.
The photocatalytic properties of our solutions do not degrade, which is why they are antibacterial 24/7, guarantee long term protection and are much more effective than any other temporary effect substance such as chlorine or alcohol.
The antibacterial activity of our products is based on industry standards and experience in photocatalytic effects on bacteria ISO 27447. The results obtained for our photoactive nanopaint were as follows: antibacterial activity was found with UVA radiation (fluorescent tube light) during 4 hours, with an efficiency of 0.75 log (cfu/cm2) being achieved. The great advantage of photo activation is that you do not need to apply harmful chemical solutions since the coating is continuously active.
The photocatalytic efficiency of our product has been certified by CIEMAT as having the best photocatalytic light reactivity on the market.