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Nanocoating: To TiO2 or SiO2?As any Google search will confirm, there is a lot of hype marketing and claimsaround the conc...
application."Just imagine the return on your investment"The properties of our photocatalyst make an ideal environmental pr...
roll off, gathering any dust particles and bio-slime on the way and sweepingthem away, thus making the window self-cleanin...
After application, does it produce any odor?No, it does not itself have any odor, and eliminates odors in the atmosphere.D...
minor extent,. However its direct sunlight or UV radiation, including “black”lights (UVA) that create the most oxidizers. ...
Does Nano-TiO2 liquid get rid of cigarette odors from tar and nicotine that havepenetrated surfaces?Yes. If a secondhand s...
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Nanotechnology for the protection of assets and property


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Nanotechnology offers many solutions for the antimicrobial protection and easy-cleaning of assets and property, But should one use Sio2 or Tio2?

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Nanotechnology for the protection of assets and property

  1. 1. Nanocoating: To TiO2 or SiO2?As any Google search will confirm, there is a lot of hype marketing and claimsaround the concept of SiO2 & TiO2 nanocoatings for cleaning and disinfection,with companies reinventing themselves overnight as European experts in nano-surface coatings. The principle of caveat emptor has never been more important.What is the best solution for your requirements?This question is rather basic but essential. One needs to start with the businessneed. What is the function & service required? Each business need may have adifferent smart fluid application. There are hundreds of nano-smart coatings, allwith different functions and properties, shelf-life and value. No one magic bulletwill deliver all your requirements. Don’t just jump into bed with the first savvylooking website offering, assuming that they will deliver the most appropriatesolution for you. They will sell you their technology from their stock-room andnot perhaps that solution that best reflects the needs of your company, longterm.Unfortunately the world of nanocoatings is complex. As a vendor-neutralcompany we have researched the market for five years, visited and met hundredsof suppliers and their marketing teams, attended training courses, listened toearly adopter feedback, and carried out due diligence. The more you learn aboutnanotechnology, the more one realizes the laws of physics still frustrate andfascinate.We have identified manufacturers and suppliers with advanced solutions in theworld of nanotechnology. We can introduce you to new densification products,air and surface purifiers using a "Phase2 Nanotechnology”. This is a complexformulation of photocatalytic oxidation technology.This relatively new field of science uses a water-based sustainable "green" ultra(nano) TiO2 liquid, to form a long lasting transparent (clear) coating that iscapable of producing powerful oxidizing hydroxyl and other radicals upon beingirradiated by light—even low levels, such as moonlight or candlelight, givesufficient intensity for the catalyst to work, albeit slowly."Semi-Permanent Air and Surface Purification Powered by Light..."Our photocatalyst (TiO2) will turn any item into a antibacterial, nontoxic,deodorizing, hydrophilic, and self-cleaning surface up to 5 years after
  2. 2. application."Just imagine the return on your investment"The properties of our photocatalyst make an ideal environmental protectionproduct. The capability of producing powerful oxidizing radicals enablesphotocatalytic TiO2 to be antibacterial, nontoxic, deodorizing, hydrophilic, andself-cleaning. Our coatings are water-based and comply with food gradestandards to create a world-first “any-light”-activated “green” nano TiO2, thusmaking our photocatalyst coating the ideal environmental protector.Why are photocatalyst coatings dissimilar?Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a type of catalyst. When illuminated, it can lower thechemical activation energy to enhance chemical reaction or accelerate thereaction rate. However, the catalyst itself will not undergo changes and itsstructure will not be damaged as a result of the chemical reaction. Whentitanium dioxide (TiO2) absorbs light, it will produce mobile pairs of electronsand “holes” (i.e., electron–hole pairs) carrying negative and positive chargerespectively. The hole has strong oxidizing power and the electron has strongreducing power. When these electron–hole pairs react with moisture on thesurface of the TiO2, powerful oxidizing radicals like O•–, O2•–, OH• etc. aremainly produced. These radicals react with, and kill or otherwise destroy, anybacteria (by destroying the bacterial cell wall and membrane), odoriferous orpolluting substances (such as volatile organic compounds, VOCs) that haveadsorbed onto the TiO2. Viral proteins are also effectively mineralized.Effectively complete 100% oxidation (i.e., mineralization) is the key to our specialproducts’ success!Photocatalyst oxidation technology (PCOT) is approved by the Japan FoodResearch Laboratory. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)has recommended that titanium dioxide be considered as a safe substance,harmless to humans. It is already commonly used in foodstuffs, domesticcommodities such as paint, cosmetics and horticulture.Photoactivated TiO2’s oxidizing power is stronger than that of ozone, and itsadsorbing power better than HEPA activated carbon. According to trialsperformed by reputable laboratories in European and the USA, the deodorizingpower of one square centimeter (1 cm2) of photocatalyst coating is equivalent toabout 500 cm2 of typical refrigerator activated carbon deodorant and 150 timesmore effective as an odorant remover than typical “high performance” activatedcarbon—which of course does not permanently destroy the pollutant and getssaturated, nor does it kill bacteria. Also importantly, TiO2 produces no secondarypollutant from the original one.Specially treated TiO2 can be sprayed onto windows to form a thin film that alsohas antifogging action and tolerates heat up to 400 degrees Celsius. Specialnanostructuring results in water falling on the film to form little droplets that
  3. 3. roll off, gathering any dust particles and bio-slime on the way and sweepingthem away, thus making the window self-cleaning.Nowadays, most of us live in enclosed compartments (indoor environments) formuch of the time. Analysis of indoor air suggests that there are more than 5,000types of carcinogens present, which air-conditioning systems in current use arenot able to break down. Compared with other treatment methods, usingphotocatalyst is the ideal solution, even completely eliminating from the airmites and their debris, which cause about 90% of asthmatic allergy cases.Today, many products available on the market claim to have capability of killingbacteria and breaking down microbes and organic vapors that damage ourhealth. However, our photocatalyst, a product of the worlds most advancedenvironmental technology, is the most effective way to resolve health problemscaused by human-damaging chemical substances, allergens and harmful bacteriaand microscopic fungi.EVERTHING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NANO TIO 2 LIQUIDSOLUTION:What is titanium dioxide? What is photocatalyst?Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is an antimicrobial metal oxide created by a processwhich disperses the material into nanoliquid (colloidal) form. When exposed toultraviolet (UV) light of wavelength 385 nm and shorter, TiO2 becomes aphotocatalyst oxidizer (PCO) creating hydroxyl radicals and superoxide radicalions, which are twice stronger disinfectants than chlorine and 1.5 times strongerthan ozone. TiO2 is safe and already widely used in many household productssuch as various foodstuffs and teeth-whitening toothpaste and tooth powder.Several Japanese patents have been filed on this Nano-TiO2 photocatalyticcoating, which has many wide-ranging applications and has experienced years ofsuccessful use in the Japanese marketplace. Even fabrics treated with thisrevolutionary substance will not retain odors. Car interiors treated with Nano-TiO2, even when submitted to secondhand smoke from several people forprolonged periods, will not retain any tobacco odor.Is TiO2 coating harmless to humans? Is it harmless to domestic animals andpets?Nano-TiO2 liquid is completely harmless to human bodies and the TiO2 itcontains is actually already widely used as a food additive. It is made with apatented binding process that makes it possible for the liquid to penetrate andform a permanent bond with the surfaces to which it is applied. The liquid is notfor human consumption but after it dries to form a film it becomes one with thesurface and is not released into the environment. Nano TiO2 liquid should not ofcourse be applied directly on animals. It can and should be used, however, tokeep pet bedding from retaining odors and can be used to coat the interior wallsand ceilings of stalls and hutches to keep them clean and pleasant.
  4. 4. After application, does it produce any odor?No, it does not itself have any odor, and eliminates odors in the atmosphere.Does Nano-TiO2 liquid have a limited shelf life?This solution is rather stable and can be stored in a dark, cool environment for along time without deterioration.How is this Nano-TiO2 liquid applied?It can be brushed or sprayed onto surfaces. When applied to fabrics via spraying,a brush should be used to work the solution into the fabric.After it is applied, how long does it last?The liquid formulation causes the TiO2 nanoparticles to semipermanentlyadhere to the surface. Some peeling off may be noticed on flexible substratessuch as carpets, mats, and clothing; it is recommended to reapply the solutionevery 3 years. For rigid surfaces the service life is typically 10 years or evenlonger, provided there is no abrasion. The coating will typically outlive manymaterials such as curtains, carpets, shingles, etc.Does Nano-TiO2 liquid cause any fabric discoloration or any streaking effects onsolids?Nano-TiO2 liquid can be applied to fabrics, curtains, carpets, woods, tiles,ceramics, glass, even metal and painted surfaces. If the surface is exposed todirect sunlight, do not apply to black or very dark colored surfaces as theoxidation process can remove some pigments from the surfaces. However, indoorlight is usually not strong enough to cause this oxidative reaction on fabrics andsurfaces. When considering the treatment of a surface with Nano-TiO2 liquid, itis always advisable to spray a small (test) area first and allow to dry to makesure the liquid does not react with the surface. Do not apply Nano-TiO2 liquid toleather, silk, or fine garments.Allow the area to completely dry then wait several hours and wipe the area witha damp cloth.How long does it take it to dry?A film will have formed once the liquid has completely disappeared. The timeneeded for this to occur (evaporation time) varies with temperature, wind, andfilm thickness. Generally speaking, it only takes 5–15 minutes to dry on solidsurfaces and around 1 hour or longer to dry on fabrics. Use a blow dryer to speedup the drying process as well as aid with the bonding process.How long does the Nano-TiO2 coating have be exposed to light before it releasesoxidizers to get rid of indoor air pollution?Nano-TiO2 liquid will actively begin creating hydroxyl radicals and superoxideradical ions immediately when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays in the sub-400nm range. Even regular domestic lighting, especially the fluorescent lamps suchas those found in many kitchens, will activate the TiO2s disinfectant effect to a
  5. 5. minor extent,. However its direct sunlight or UV radiation, including “black”lights (UVA) that create the most oxidizers. Hydroxyl radicals and superoxideions do not give off a strong beech like ozone does but they do aggressively goafter odors and air pollution better than ozone or chlorine.Does Nano-TiO2 liquid remove odors from the air? From fabrics?The surface area of our titanium dioxide is about 300 μm2 per gram (equivalentto that of activated charcoal). When exposed to light, the nanoparticles createOH• (hydroxyl radicals) and O•– (oxide radical ions) etc., which decomposeadsorbed substances that odor in the atmosphere. The principal differencebetween titanium dioxide and other odor-adsorbing substances (includingactivated carbons) is that the titanium dioxide repeats the adsorbing functionsemipermanently because it destroys them by oxidizing them to simple gasessuch as CO2, whereas activated carbon and other adsorbing substances such aszeolites lose their effectiveness once their surfaces are fully saturated.How does Nano-TiO2 liquid prevent and remove contamination from surfaces?Airborne contaminants such as secondhand smoke, car exhaust, molds, VOCs,viruses, bacteria, etc. cannot permanently adhere to surfaces treated with Nano-TiO2 liquid. They become oxidized by the photocatalyst and float away asharmless mineralized gases.Why does Nano-TiO2 liquid have a sterilizing and antmicrobial effect?The old standard method for killing airborne microorganisms is by using strongshort-wavelength (UVC) radiation (over 20 milliwatts of ultraviolet germicidalirradiation, UVGI), which kills microbes by destroying their DNA. Our Nano-TiO2 liquid works in a different way. Relatively safe long-wavelength (UVA)radiation is absorbed by the titanium dioxide, catalytically creating stronglyoxidizing radicals that decompose and destroy the cell membrane, not the DNA.Most microbes are single-celled organisms so they die quickly when thishappnes. Accordingly, titanium dioxide even kills MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus)a major cause of hospital infections. Our TiO2 solution has also been proven todestroy other types of microbes that are not even killed by antibiotics! TiO2 is notselective on the types of microorganism it kills, it kills them all. For this reason,Japanese hospitals have shown excellent antibacterial results with ourparticular patented brand of TiO2 solution. In addition, our Nano-TiO2 liquiddecomposes the toxins that are discharged when microbes die (e.g., verotoxins,enterotoxins), mineralizing them into harmless gases.Exactly what type of odors will Nano-TiO2 liquid eliminate?It will remove virtually all and any type of odor from surfaces as treated surfacesbecome resistant to microorganisms (mold, bacteria, viruses), smoke, odors, etc.It removes odors from the air when a treated surface is exposed to light.Does it work in cold environments such as freezers?Yes. Microbes that come in contact with a treated surface will be destroyed. Thecreation of the oxidizing radicals is not temperature-dependent
  6. 6. Does Nano-TiO2 liquid get rid of cigarette odors from tar and nicotine that havepenetrated surfaces?Yes. If a secondhand smoke-contaminated surface (by the way, secondhandsmoke is known to have over 400 known cancer causing chemicals) is treatedwith TiO2 solution, the odor will soon disappear. However, the discolorationcaused by the smoke will remain. It is therefore advisable to first wash smoke-contaminated surfaces that show discoloration before treatment.How does the intensity of light affect the ability of this Nano-TiO2 liquid tocreate friendly oxidizers which purify the air?As a characteristic of titanium dioxide, it starts to produce friendly oxidizer enmasse when exposed to ultraviolet rays of 400 nm or lower. Any air pollution,including VOCs and odors, that comes into contact with a surface treated withNano-TiO2 liquid will become oxidized and deodorized.What are some of the more popular domestic applications for Nano-TiO2 liquid?Bathrooms, floor tiles, sinks, showers, car interiors, to remove and preventtobacco odors, kitchen counters, furniture and carpets (especially if you havepets), curtains, mini-blinds, windows exposed to light, ceiling fans, car rims,white outdoor furniture, house gutters (keep them mold-free), concrete or brickthat you want to keep mold-free, the list goes on and on.Can Nano-TiO2 be applied to carpets?Yes, and with great results! Carpets treated with Nano TiO2 will resist not onlyodors and grime but also pests such as fleas. Carpets will last much longer aswell. For this reason, carpets and fabrics in trains and other publictransportation are now being treated with Nano TiO2 in Japan with excellentresults. +44 20 3287 9234