A paint developed in the Philippines that literally cleans the air in a room will be available in the United States.
KNOxOUT has made waves in the paint industry as the first air-cleaning paint in the world with CristalActiv™ technology and its ability to reduce noxious air pollutants.
At the heart of CristalActiv technology is specially designed ultrafine titanium dioxide (TiO2), which has been used to reduce NOx emissions in power plants and motor vehicles for over 30 years. Cristal, the world's leading producer of ultrafine titanium dioxide (TiO2), chose Boysen to be their first partner for using CristalActiv in paint formulations.
In KNOxOUT, CristalActiv uses light energy to break down nitrogen oxide (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (the two components of smog) into harmless substances through a process called photocatalysis.
The process requires only light and humidity for activation, and because the air cleaning TiO2 is merely a catalyst and does not get used up in the reaction, a surface painted with KNOxOUT is able to continuously clean the air as long as the paint is on the wall. In essence, it transforms ordinary painted surfaces into air purifiers.
"Air pollution is a problem in most major cities around the world," says Johnson Ongking, vice president of Boysen. "Eliminating emissions of NOx and other air pollutants would be the best solution but that is not yet possible in today's world. Painting a wall with KNOxOUT is one of the few ways for people to take an active part in cleaning out the NOx that we put in the air. By transforming ordinary walls into air purifiers with a few brushstrokes, people all over the world can be part of the movement for cleaner air."
Both Environmental Imports, Inc. and Boysen are confident that this collaboration would create a resounding impact in efforts against air pollution in the United States. "KNOxOUT's hands-on approach will empower citizens and corporations of all of our communities to work together to fight air pollution and it's harmful effects."
Watch this video about the development of KNOxOUT and the role it plays in fighting air pollution in the Philippines.
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