art, creativity and science have coexisted harmoniously in the unique materials created by the iris ceramica group for over 60 years. beneath its immediate authentic and original beauty, their porcelain products deliver high-performance qualities thanks to embedded technologies, from heat to weather resistance as well as an array of colors and finishes. one such novelty, though, has taken even more importance in 2020 and 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic. their innovative ACTIVE SURFACES has officially be proven to be more than self-cleaning; the material also eliminates coronavirus.
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first developed in 2009, iris ceramica group’s ACTIVE SURFACES introduced cutting-edge technology that moved their porcelain products into the eco-active. their patented photocatalytic process uses titanium dioxide with added silver to eliminate pollutants and microbial agents as well as bad odors. with ISO certifications in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the material highlight’s the brand’s dedication to pushing innovation further.
research has shown that ACTIVE SURFACES material eliminates 94% of SARS-CoV-2 after only four hours of exposure to low intensity UV light. this even includes low intensities of natural and traditional light bulbs. this milestone is of even more importance in 2021 as sanitizing environments and ensuring hygiene is key to protecting people in public spaces, at work, and in domestic settings. the tests were conducted by iris ceramica group’s active research and development department in collaboration with the department of biomedical, surgical and dental sciences and the department of biosciences for health of the university of milan.