The Science Behind the Product
Bacteria, Viruses, & Mold
Ultraviolet C (UV-C) band light is a type of electromagnetic radiation. This shortwave light is detrimental to bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Once the cell walls are penetrated, the UV-C light permanently alters and damages the genetic structure of the microorganisms, rendering them harmless and prohibiting growth and reproduction.
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
VOCs, which include but are not limited to formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, methylene chloride, chlorofluorocarbons, and fluorocarbons, are emitted by common household products such as paints, paint strippers, refrigerants, furnishings, office equipment, cleaning products, and adhesives, just to name a few.
VOCs cause a variety of health problems such as respiratory problems in infants and children; eye, nose, and throat irritation; damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system when present in high levels; and many VOCs are suspected or have already been proven to cause cancer in humans and pets.
Titanium dioxide interacts with UV-C light in a process called photo-catalytic oxidation to break down VOC pollutants. Photo-catalytic oxidation creates hydroxyl radicals and super-oxide ions. These highly reactive species then oxidize VOCs, producing harmless carbon dioxide and water molecules.
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