Architectural panels help clean the air around them

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If photocatalytic clothing can purify the air as the wearer moves around, then why not apply a similar concept to architectural materials to help cleanse the air outside? That is the premise behind aluminum brand Alcoa's Reynobond with EcoClean, an "architectural panel that cleans itself and the air around it," in the company's own words. Introduced in 2011, Alcoa's innovation is the result of a process that applies a titanium dioxide coating called EcoClean to the prepainted aluminum surface of its Reynobond architectural panels. Utilizing natural sunlight, the coating then acts as a catalyst to break down organic pollutants on…

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