Nano Tek-On provides Green Circle TiO2 coatings that make many surfaces self-cleaning. The TiO2 is permanently affixed, where it acts as catalyst in the breakdown (oxidization) of the organic molecules that constitute most dirt. This done, the remaining particulates fall away, or are washed away by rain or a quick spray of water.
Nano Tek-On Technology: Nano Tek-On has identified a number of unique products that provide different cleaning, sanitation and sealing benefits for a wide variety of surfaces. The characteristic that all these products share is that they are permanently affixed, sealing, physically (not chemically) destroying microbes, and catalyzing self-cleaning responses.
Since Nano Tek-On products are permanently affixed they will not leach off chemicals, nor are new applications of chemicals required. This dramatically reduces maintenance costs, and is beneficial to the environment. In short, Nano Tek-On helps you take full advantage of the latest advances in nano-coating technology.
Self Cleaning NP Technology Organic Matter Oxidization Utilizing TiO2 Nano Particles as the Catalyst in Simix’s Reactive Cured Ceramic Surface Treatment
Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) while absorbing Ultra Violet Light (UV) in the presence of Water/Vapor Molecules (H2O) and Oxygen converts the H2O into Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) that will destroy Organic Compounds without destroying the TiO2, which itself remains unchanged. In essence with the addition of the TiO2 into the Reactive Cured Ceramic Surface Treatment, we have created a Permanent Oxidizing Generator that only needs UV Light to continue to work providing Oxygen and Water/Water Vapor come in contact with the surface of the TiO2. Organic compounds are broken down into Carbon Dioxide and Water while the Nitrogen Oxides, which are emitted in the burning of fossil fuels and create smog when combined with volatile organic compounds, yield Nitrate Salts.
To date, this technology has not been economically commercialized for building materials applications for several reasons. First, up until a few years ago, the producers of TiO2 were only able to make micron- and macro-size particles. It is only recently that very small or nano-size particles have been available. The key here is that each particle, regardless of size, can only create so much activity or catalytic effect, therefore, if you could have 20 particles in the same area where you once had just one large particle you will now have 20 times more activity. Second, if you want this process to work at the interface and on the surface of the Surface Treatment/Coating, you needed to suspend these particles in an Inorganic Clear Coating that would not be destroyed by the process that will be destroying the Organic Matter. Third, you had to figure out how to make a coating that would bond to the substrate and allow Water/Water Vapor and Oxygen to come in contact with the TiO2. See paper describing Simix Reactive Cured Ceramic Technology to better understand how this Surface Treatment ties all of this together.
The first known patent describing these phenomena came out of NASA in 1972. Since that date there have been more than 500 patents issued on this same subject but none of them have resulted in a user-friendly product due to the above reasons. In laboratories around the world they have collectively proven the ability of this process to oxidize bacteria, mold, mildew, purify water, break down oil, and for other general hygienic applications.
Once this Surface Treatment/Coating cures it cannot go back to a soluble state and has the ability to allow water vapor to pass through it in a controllable manner. It has been observed that when this Surface Treatment/Coating is applied to an algae- or mold-covered surface the photocatalytic effect takes place resulting in oxidization of the organic matter trapped under the coating. In addition, no future microbial growth will occur at the substrate or on the surface of the coating as long as the surface is kept free and clear of dirt and debris.