Airocide a NASA product killing bugs. 6.7.2017
Natural ultraviolet light is emitted by the sun in three bandwidths, as UVA, UBC and UVC light, but 98.7% of that light is absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere and the remainder of the UV light that reaches the earth’s surface consists of predominantly UVA radiation. UVC light waves, which are the shortest and most powerful in the UV range, have germicidal properties, and can break down the DNA of microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, dust mites and other allergens and contaminants.
UVC light has been used for decades to sanitize surfaces and tools in medical labs and to sanitize water in water treatment plants. Many spring water bottlers now utilize UVC light to disinfect bottles and sterilize equipment and increasingly, public water treatment facilities are utilizing UVC technology to upgrade safety standards for drinking water.
Airocide a NASA product goes further with technology and use UVC light and Titanium dioxide (TiO2) to boost the disinfection
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is the photocatalyst used. A unique process is used to create the patented TiO2 formula that coats the catalyst material. When this material is irradiated with the ultraviolet photons from the lamps inside, hydroxyl radicals and super-oxide ions are formed. These elements will oxidize (reduce to trace elements of carbon dioxide and water) volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) absorbed on the catalyst surface. They will also kill and decompose airborne pathogens. Because the organic material is completely oxidized by this process, the photocatalytic reactor is self-cleaning relative to organic material on the catalyst surface.
With the growing interest in eliminating toxins and allergens from the home environment, the germicidal power of UVC light offers a welcome alternative to chemical cleaning products. Airocide currently available to consumers that can safely eliminate invisible allergens and contaminants in areas that chemical cleaners would be completely unwelcome.
Mattresses, carpets and bedding are perfect breeding grounds for dust mites and other allergy-causing microorganisms that can trigger asthma, hay fever, eczema and other illnesses. Several international studies have concluded that exposure to these allergens in the first two years of life can jump-start these life-long chronic conditions. Airocide destroys the DNA of allergens and microorganisms, such as lice, fleas, mold, bacteria and viruses, including influenza. The benefits of Airocide are obvious for households in which children and pets, as well as adults do not want to risk exposure to either harmful microbes or potentially toxic chemical disinfectants. These products will clean, sanitize and eliminate odors from household surfaces without adding additional pollutants to the household environment.
Hans Brunila engineer/environ.specialist