A year has gone by since the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic began to radically change the way we live our lives. The Iris Ceramica Group recently achieved a major milestone of global scientific importance in the research and development of ceramic surfaces thanks to innovative ACTIVE SURFACESTM technology.
The antiviral and antibacterial properties of the Iris Ceramica Group’s high-tech, high-performance ceramic surfaces featuring innovative ACTIVE SURFACESTM technology have already been acknowledged and certified. The surfaces’ antibacterial effect on antibiotic-resistant bacteria is certified under ISO 27447 – ISO 22196, while its antiviral properties are certified under ISO 21702 – ISO 18061 as effective against four well-known viral strains: the H1N1 and H3N2 pandemic influenza viruses, Enterovirus 71 and Poliovirus. Now, a new study by the Iris Ceramica Group’s Active Research and Development Department in partnership with a technical and scientific committee including members from the Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Sciences and the Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health of the University of Milan has tested the ability of these ceramic surfaces to combat the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus responsible for Covid-19.
The study reveals that ACTIVE SURFACESTM eliminate 94% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in only 4 hours of exposure to low-intensity UV light.
The Iris Ceramica Group has always had a strong focus on innovation, on the cutting edge of research and development in new applications of materials; the Italian company developed a new technology for producing eco-active ceramic surfaces back in 2009. The Iris Ceramica Group’s ACTIVE SURFACESTM technology, protected by two European patents, allows ceramics to play an active role fighting pollutants and microbes, while also eliminating foul odours and keeping themselves clean. All these results are achieved with a photocatalysis process employing titanium dioxide enriched with silver, which makes ACTIVE SURFACESTM ceramic surfaces effective even in low light or in the presence of LED lighting.
Sanitisation of spaces and surfaces has become essential for safeguarding human health, not only in public spaces but in workplaces and homes, and ACTIVE SURFACESTM respond to this requirement with certification of their effectiveness against the Sars-CoV-2 virus: an important milestone for the Iris Ceramica Group, which is committed to promoting the tradition of construction with ceramic, one of the noblest materials of natural origin and an important symbol of human creativity.
With innovative ACTIVE SURFACESTM technology, the Iris Ceramica Group introduces an important new development in the world of ceramics, combining design and creativity with science to obtain unique surfaces that offer not only aesthetic and technical quality but the profound value of contributing to respecting and protecting the environment and human wellbeing.