Ti02 - Titanium Dioxide - The New Frontier
Titanium dioxide is a non-toxic compound found in toothpaste, paint and sunscreen. While it is widely used as a photo catalyst for water and air treatment, its reactive abilities place it at the forefront of eco-friendly applications. Basically, when exposed to UV or ambient light, it can break down almost any organic compound into a harmless substance that can be wiped or washed away…without the use of harmful and expensive cleaning compounds. IGS offers products that are poised to revolutionize the way you clean and protect most every surface in your business and home.
Nanometer Technology – Tiny Matter Leading the Next Industrial Revolution
The US Business Weekly listed nanometer technology as one of the three key areas of work in the 21st century, and the US government has researched and promoted this technology as one of the 11 key areas in the first ten years of the new century. In February 2000, US president Bill Clinton announced that the US Federal Government would invest 495 million dollars to set up a work group and put forth a research report promoting nanometer technology, with hopes that it will lead to the next industrial revolution.
Our Oxi Group of products is the tangible result of revolutionary scientific discovery, and now it can help our clients make their facilities environmentally friendly in a practical and powerful way.
Reduces Greenhouse Gases
Our surface treatments contain nano-sized particles of titanium dioxide. When the sun or fluorescent light hits this surface, in combination with water vapor (air), these particles are activated, and convert the water vapor to hydrogen peroxide. A “safe oxidizer”, hydrogen peroxide converts greenhouse gases to water and carbon dioxide – on contact. Why do we prefer carbon dioxide over greenhouse gases? Because they hold 10 to 50 times less heat per cubic meter.
New Photocatalyst Nanotechnology
Photocatalysis refers to the chemical reaction that occurs when light strikes a chemical compound that is light sensitive, such as titanium oxide. When light strikes titanium dioxide, the base compound , a chemical reaction will be repeated in the immediate region and cause the breakdown of organic toxins, odors, and more.
A substance that helps bring about a light-catalyzed reaction, such as chlorophyll in photosynthesis. Like photosynthesis, the reaction continues throughout the day once begun.
This reaction has many valuable results, several are listed below.
Deodorization applications: Doesn't cover up smells, like conventional air fresheners, it actually attacks the root of the smell by causing the breakdown of the origin of the odor (ammonia, aldehyde gas [smoke], etc).
Water purifying applications: Causes detrimental organic matter such as organic chlorine compounds, tetrachlorethylene, trihalomethane and other harmful substances to be broken down.
Environmental improvement applications: Actively removes environmental pollution substances, such as NOx emitted by exhaust gas etc. from the atmosphere. SOx, a detrimental organic matter present in the atmosphere, is also broken down.
Antibacterial applications: Bacteria such as e-coli, yellow staphylococcus, mold fungi, algae, etc. are broken down by TiO2.
Nanotechnology is not just about the size of very small things, it is the revolutionary science and art of manipulating matter at the atomic or molecular scale. More important, it is about the structure and the ability of molecular compounds to "work". Research in areas related to nanomaterial is needed to develop manufacturing techniques. In particular, it is a synergy of top-down with bottom-up processes.
When matter is as small as 1 to 100 nanometers, many of its features will easily change and have many unique features both different from macro-matters and single atoms due to the quanta effect, regional confinement of matter, and huge surface or interface effects. The final objective of nanometer technology is to produce products of special functions with new physical and chemical features by making atoms, molecules and matters presenting their features directly in the length of a nanometer: the strength of ten times of iron could be very light, all information in a library could be stored in a chip the size of a sugar cube, and tumors the sizes of only several cells can be detected.
The Power of Oxi-Shine overshadows the competition!
Photocatalyst solutions produced in the past have had many problems, including ineffectiveness in bulb (indoor) light, toxicity, and more. However, the photo catalyst solution we produce has solved those problems. Oxi-Shine is unmatched in the world of photocatalysis and is poised to revolutionize other industries as well. We welcome you to obtain a sample of our product, or better yet have a demonstration by a company representative and see for yourself. You will be amazed by the results.
Oxi-Shine is a transparent and odorless non-toxic liquid, enabling it to be used in a multitude of different environments. When compared to other products on the market, lab tests show ours to be much stronger and is reactive in all sources of light (most photocatalysts are limited to UV (sun) light to start the reaction).
Oxi-Shine provides long-lasting effects and protection. After applied and the moisture evaporates, a residual of titanium oxide is left which does not easily come off. Even if washed 10 times repeatedly, 75-80% or more of the antibacterial effect remains and 60-75% of the deodorization effect remains.
The Oxi-Shine solution is a precise combination of an extra ion (proprietary) and other natural ingredients. Once sprayed on a surface (while light is available) the photocatalyst reaction is immediately begun, emitting ions for the duration of the time the lightsource is available. Even after the light source is cut off, the effects keep working for several hours!
Using only titanium oxide takes a long time to decompose organic matter. Our enhanced solution can decompose organic matter in a shorter time period. Also, since our product is made from safe, non-toxic materials, even if it is accidentally ingested, it is safe, making it the perfect solution for sensitive environments where Oxi-Shine could be in close contact with people, such as hospitals, day care centers, schools, bar/restaurants, and around the house.
Although Oxi-Shine’s photocatalyst effects will work under any light condition, we recommend using 60 watt bulbs or higher or florescent of 15 watts or higher for best results. Higher wattage exposure produces faster results, with sunlight providing the best results.
The element Titanium was discovered in 1791 by William Gregor, in England. Gregor spent much of his time studying mineralogy, which led him to his discovery. This happened when he discovered a sample of a black sandy substance in his neighborhood. He studied this substance and after he was assured that it was a mineral, he called it menachanite. Four years later a man named Martin H. Klaproth, recognized that there was a new chemical element in this mineral, he later named it Titanium after the Titans, which were humongous monsters that ruled the world in Greek mythology. Martin H. Klaproth was not able to make the pure element of titanium however, he was only able to produce TiO2, or Titanium Dioxide.
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a multifaceted compound. It's the stuff that makes toothpaste white and paint opaque. TiO2 is also a potent photocatalyst that can break down almost any organic compound when exposed to sunlight, and a number of companies are seeking to capitalize on TiO2's reactivity by developing a wide range of environmentally beneficial products, including self-cleaning fabrics, auto body finishes, and ceramic tiles. Also in development is a paving stone that uses the catalytic properties of TiO2 to remove nitrogen oxide from the air, breaking it down into more environmentally benign substances that can then be washed away by rainfall. Other experiments with TiO2 involve removing the ripening hormone ethylene from areas where perishable fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers are stored; stripping organic pollutants such as trichloroethylene and methyl-tert-butyl ether from water; and degrading toxins produced by blue-green algae.
Titanium dioxide is a well-known photocatalyst for water and air treatment as well as for catalytic production of gases. The general scheme for the photocatalytic destruction of organics begins with its excitation by suprabandgap photons, and continues through redox reactions where OH radicals, formed on the photocatalyst surface, play a major role.
Titanium dioxide is non-toxic and therefore is used in cosmetic products (sunscreens, lipsticks, body powder, soap, pearl essence pigments, tooth pastes) and also in special pharmaceutics. Titanium dioxide is even used in food stuffs, for instance in the wrapping of salami. Small amounts added to cigar tobacco are the cause of the white ash cigar smokers so cherish.