Oxygen air purifying and antiviral paint

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Oxygen air purifying and antiviral paint

By Dr. Behzad Mohammadi – Phd in Chemistry

A range of eco-responsible paint for everyone

In addition to water, food, heat and light, air is one of the five essential elements for the survival of the human race.  Every person breaths about 22,000 times, and needs about 15 kilograms of clean air per day.  

On average humans can survive 5 weeks without food and 5 days without water.  But they cannot survive 5 minutes without Oxygen.  Although air is found to be abundant and available on the surface of the earth, it contains a lot of pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC) and microbial agents (viruses and bacterias).  These air pollutants come in the form of solid particles, gases, and liquid droplets in the air that can adversely affect ecosystems and the health of humans. Major ambient air pollutants include toxic metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, particulate matters (PM), nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide, and ozone just to name a few.  Therefore, it is needless to say that long and short term exposure to air suspended toxicants have a different toxicological impact on humans including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, neuropsychiatric complications, eye irritation, skin diseases, and long-term chronic diseases such as cancer.

Indoor air pollutants are more prone to lead to health hazards than outdoor air as we spend more than 90 percent of our time in closed environments be it our homes or places of work. It is also worth noting that viruses are the most common cause of infectious disease acquired in environments such as in hospitals and schools causing considerable impact on human health. Transmission of enteric and respiratory viruses are assumed to occur predominantly directly from person to person, followed by indirect transmission through contaminated surfaces and floating viruses in the air. The risk of infection resulting from transmission through contaminated areas depends on a number of factors, including the level of shedding of infective particles, their stability on surfaces and resistance to decontamination procedures, and the low dose required for infection. We have provided a solution to these problems.. 

What Creative Oxygen Labs has done is to launch a new bio-based paint that can be used on surfaces such as walls, doors, window frames, trims and wooden furniture that not only beautifies the interior of a location as does normal paint but in addition adds a protective layer that can improve air quality in any given space. The company has combined efforts to create a range of paints, based on natural products while providing professional quality and ease of use.  

The formulation uses a special type of nano particles which includes TiO2 and Copper.   And while it is recognized that these nano materials are expensive for commercial use they have found a new inexpensive method of preparation that gives the company a competitive edge in the market place without compromising on impact and effectiveness.   

SEM images of TiO2-NPs

In essence what TiO2 nan-particles does is that it releases ambient humidity and free radicals on the surface of the paint.   Free radicals in successive reactions will attack air pollutants and break their covalent bonds. In this way, air pollutants will be decomposed to two elements of water and nontoxic compounds which is a good thing.

To take this formulation to the next level and make it work as an antivirus agent Creative Oxygen Labs has modified the formulation to include Copper nano particles (Cu) and related compounds such as CuO and Cu2O. This second formulation releases copper ions on the surface of the paint, and these ions destroy the DNA in viruses such as the influenza H1N1 virus or the Covid 19 virus which is part of the influenza family.   Based on many years of research we now know that copper is considered a “contact killer” and test results have shown that viruses become disfigured and debilitated up contact with copper.

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