A paint additive that offers peace of mind, with clean air
Oxygen is a 5-part inorganic powder-based additive that includes Silver and Zinc Oxide as two of its main ingredients. Some of these compounds are reduced to less than 10um microns (millionth of a meter) in size which allows Oxygen to neutralize, inhibit and deter air borne bacteria, microscopic organisms, and mildew from spreading. The infused Zinc Oxide also generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) that helps degrade organic pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and some types of airborne pollutants.
A few examples of chemical reactions that can occur between zinc oxide and common pollutants:
a. VOCs (e.g., formaldehyde, benzene): ZnO + VOC + ROS → Products + Zn2+ + H2O
b. Ammonia (NH3): ZnO + 2NH3 + 2ROS → N2 + Zn2+ + 3H2O
c. Sulfur Dioxide (SO2): ZnO + SO2 + ROS → ZnSO4 + H2O
d. Nitric Oxide (NO): ZnO + 2NO + 2ROS → N2O + Zn2+ + H2O
a. Odor molecules (e.g., hydrogen sulfide, trimethylamine): ZnO + Odor molecule + ROS → Products + Zn2+ + H2O
b. Bacteria and viruses: ZnO + ROS → deactivated bacteria (host to virus) + Zn2+ + H2O
It is important to note that while zinc oxide can effectively degrade many pollutants, the efficiency and selectivity of the reactions can depend on the specific pollutant and the conditions under which the photocatalytic process is carried out against free radicals.
Zirconia carrying silver, creates a synergistic effect, leveraging the antibacterial properties of silver and the stability of zirconia. Here’s how it works: Silver nanoparticles or ions incorporated into the zirconia matrix are gradually released when in they come in contact with bacteria cells. Silver ions (Ag+) known for their strong antimicrobial activity effectively inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria in several ways:
a. Disruption of Cell Membrane: Silver ions can disrupt the bacterial cell membrane, leading to leakage of cellular contents and eventual cell death.
b. Inhibition of Enzymes: Silver ions can bind to enzymes within the bacterial cells, interfering with their normal functioning and metabolic processes, which are vital for the bacteria’s survival.
c. DNA Damage: Silver ions can interact with bacterial DNA, causing damage and interfering with replication and transcription processes.
Silver ions have a broad-spectrum antimicrobial effect, targeting a wide range of bacteria, including both Gram-positive and Gram-negative species.
It is important to note that the release of silver ions from the zirconia matrix and their subsequent antimicrobial effect can be impacted by various factors, such as surface area and the environment in which the composite is used. Additionally, the concentration and exposure time to the released silver ions are crucial factors in achieving effective antimicrobial action on painted surface.
The combination of our formulation enhances the long-term stability of the antimicrobial effects of Oxygen.
When mixed with paint and applied on walls, wood or on canvas, Oxygen can turn surfaces into air purifying panels. It can be mixed as a fresh coat of paint and applied on well prepared walls with acrylic primer, or over surfaces with prior paint work. For wood and canvas a good acrylic primer is needed before applying the Oxygenated coating.
For artwork on canvas we highly recommend using universal canvas as base and slash or abstract art as a style. For more detailed art work Oxygen can also be mixed with acrylic matte medium glaze and applied as a finishing touch on top of acrylic art work. The ratio is 1.5% Oxygen to any amount of glaze used. For maximum air quality impact we also recommend using a large surface area no less than 1.5 meter x 1.5 meter in size. You can ad as many paintings on the wall as you please to increase surface area size.
Oxygen creates an invisible layer of protection against airborne bacteria and other microscopic bacteria, and lasts between 4 to 6 years. Its specially formulated particles are designed to blend seamlessly into any acrylic paint, effectively capturing and neutralizing harmful elements including allergens, mold, and pet dander. It also helps surfaces stay clean by protecting the coating from early discoloration.
Oxygen has undergone rigorous testing in top US and Canadian molecular, cellular, and biomedical labs with results showing evidence of its efficacy and impact as an antibacterial / antimicrobial paint additive. Using ISO 22196 test standard protocol, these centers have proven Oxygen to be a reliable and effective way to create a healthier and more comfortable living environment by protecting humans from harm’s way.
Test Results that show Oxygens effectiveness
Antibacterial test on Benjamin Moore Paint
a) hexagon ceramic tile – bacteria growth is visible
b) hexagon ceramic tile and regular paint – bacteria growth is visible
c) hexagon ceramic tile, paint with Oxygen additive – bacteria growth is eliminated.
For Best Performance
Each 200-gram Oxygen pouch is suitable for 13 liters of paint. We recommend adding 15 grams of Oxygen per liter as minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). Oxygen works best with mat or semi gloss acrylic and latex paint and will not damage the basic function of the coating.
15 grams to 1 liter of paint
56.7 grams to 1 gallon of paint
283.5 grams to 5 gallons of paint
Method of use
To start, open pouch and add the right amount of Oxygen additive to your ideal paint of choice as indicated in above measurements. Mix and blend for 4 to 5 minutes until fully dispersed. Use soft brush and or rollers ONLY when applying the coating on walls. Once package has been opened it can be kept in a cool dry place for up to four years. Oxygen is suitable for indoor use ONLY.
The ideal paint
Oxygen works well with all indoor acrylic and latex paints used for walls, ceilings, and floors. It can also be mixed with acrylic wood paint and used on surfaces such as tables, chairs, doors and window frames. With an acrylic primer added as a base, it can also be used on canvas, turning art into air purifier.
Oxygen is non-toxic and is made of natural inorganic materials that are harmless to humans, animals and the environment. PH balance is between 7 to 8 and it is non combustible and non flammable as its melting point is at 1300c.
For increased safety precaution wear protective glasses and mask to prevent powder dust from entering eyes and mouth when adding to paint. In the event powder enters your eyes and you feel irritated wash eyes with cold water immediately and consult a physician if you do not see signs of improvement within minutes.
In 2019 the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reported that the air quality we breath indoors can be up to 5 times more toxic than outside air and therefore people living and working under such conditions run the risk of developing greater health problems over time. In a most recent World Health Organizations (WHO) survey of 4300 cities worldwide, only 20% of the urban population surveyed live in areas that comply with WHO air quality guideline levels which is why Dr. Gary Fuller of Kings college London and Professor Frank Kelly two experts on particle matters (PMs) calls pollution (indoor and outdoor) – The invisible killer
The Unique Advantage
Oxygen is an advanced formulation using infused ion technology that will help break harmful bacteria and compounds from their original molecular structure into safe clean air. Our additive can be mixed with any water based acrylic paint and applied on any surface in order to produce clean air.
Oxygen additive works with any water based acrylic paint (matte or shine) that has the below range of formulation ingredients.
Paint types that will work best with Oxygen:
Water 100 – 223.3
STTP 1 – 3
HEC 50 – 152.5
DSP 7 – 11
CaCo3 150 – 320
AF 4 – 6
CMC 0 – 3
TMPD 5 – 8
Resin 140 – 160
Pigment 90 – 126.21
Oxygen is ideal for places such as
Homes and apartments
Schools and Universities
Clinics and Medical centers
Health Spas & Health centers
Restaurants and Cafes
Large Canvas Paintings
Accent walls are perfect for rooms less than 180 sq/ft or 18.7 sq/m
Sample Surfaces using Oxygen coating (where art meets science)
Examples of Paints that can be used with Oxygen
Why Oxygen works with all brands now and not 5 years ago.
In order to reduce downstream pollution, minimize the impact of harmful materials on human health, and to protect the environment, governments around the world have set new compliance standards for the paint industry. With these new policies and regulations in place, paint companies, irrespective of their brand, will need to adhere to a singular set of rules. This makes Oxygen the perfect health and wellness additive (plugin) for all brands.