ACT CleanCoat is based on a disruptive technology that is specifically engineered to fight harmful microbes. When ACT CleanCoat is applied to surfaces they become self-disinfecting and decompose microbes like bacteria, viruses, airborne mold spores and chemical compounds like VOCs.
The coating is transparent and odorless and can be applied to all surfaces. Once exposed to light it starts a photocatalytic reaction that decomposes microbes and purifies the air.
ACT CleanCoat is approved for use on all surfaces including surfaces with direct food contact and has a non-rinse claim.
The key ingredient in ACT CleanCoat is titanium dioxide (TiO₂). It has a wide range of applications such as a paint pigment, sunscreen ingredient, and food additive. TiO₂ is a naturally occurring oxide.
Tested and approved
ACT CleanCoat has passed several scientific tests, including European norm tests. The tests have been conducted by recognized laboratories such as:
- Dr Brill and Steinman, Germany
- ISI Food Protection, Denmark
- Chang Gung University, Taiwan
The power of photocatalysis
In ACT CleanCoat, natural humidity and oxygen are turned into free radicals by TiO₂ in presence of light. This is the natural process called photocatalysis.
When TiO₂ is exposed to light, electron-hole pairs are generated. These electron-hole pairs transform the humidity in the air into free radicals. Free radicals continuously decompose bacteria, viruses and the volatile organic compounds that they come in contact with.
1) ACT CleanCoat treated surface | 2) Light activates photocatalysis | 3) Free radicals are generated, which eliminate microbes
Get a quick introduction to photocatalysis with TiO₂ by the German Federation for applied Photocatalysis
and a more thorough introduction to its possibilities in this TEDx video:
ACT CleanCoat has passed 24 European norm tests conducted on 18 different organisms including Influenza A, Influenza B, salmonella and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Cleaning the air
Volatile organic compounds are carbon-based molecules that easily evaporate at low temperatures (low boiling point). Formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, NOx and xylene are well-known VOCs. The typical drowsiness you can experience in a room with poor ventilation, new furniture and carpets or many electronics is often caused by one of these VOCs.
ACT CleanCoat reduces the amount of VOCs and odors (which are also carbon-based molecules) in the air – providing our clients with better indoor air quality.
VOC in 25 L Tedlar® bag* concentration (μg/m³) over time (minutes)
Black line: without ACT CleanCoat | Blue line: with ACT CleanCoat
* Tedlar® gas sampling bag
Test performed by the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Hans Christian Budtz
In nature, mold is a necessity to decompose dead organic material. However, in buildings mold pose a significant challenge. Besides the unpleasant odor and possibly costly renovation of the building, there are serious health risks involved with living and working in a mold-infested environment.
Mold spores are basically everywhere, but with ACT CleanCoat they are decomposed before they even settle on a coated surface, inhibiting spore germination or mycelium growth.
ACT CleanCoat has passed several European norm tests for mold and yeasts.
• EN 13624, Stachybotrys (black mold)
• EN 14562, Stachybotrys (black mold)
• EN 13624, Candida albicans (candida yeast)
• EN 14562, Candida albicans (candida yeast)
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