ACTIVE SURFACES is a technology patented by Iris Ceramica Group that allows porcelain stoneware tiles to acquire all the properties of photocatalytic materials, thanks to the application of titanium dioxide. The application of ACTIVE SURFACES technology makes Iris Ceramica Group's porcelain stoneware the only ceramic in the world suitable for ISO certified anti-pollutant and bactericidal floors and walls.

The active principle is based on a photocatalytic reaction: in the presence of air (and consequent humidity) and light, a strong oxidative process is activated which leads to the decomposition of the organic and inorganic polluting substances that come into contact with the photocatalytic surfaces. A reaction not unlike the well-known process of photosynthesis that degrades substances deemed harmful to humans.

In ACTIVE SURFACES the photocatalyst function is performed by the Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) present on the ceramic tiles in the form of micrometric particles fixed at high temperature.

ACTIVE SURFACES has the following features:

Self-cleaning effect: dirt does not stick, thanks to the water-repellent properties of the titanium dioxide, meaning that cleaning is also easier, without aggressive detergents, using just water or neutral soaps. In particular, in an outdoor setting the combined effect of sunlight and rain is enough to clean the surfaces, while leaving the original colors unchanged and reducing the need for maintenance.

Anti-pollution effect: through the photocatalytic process, volatile pollutants are degraded and rendered harmless in the presence of natural or artificial light or humidity. The anti-pollution effect has been proved by specific tests performed in the academic laboratories of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Milan.

Antibacterial effect: we are constantly in contact with bacteria, some of which are very dangerous for our health. ACTIVE SURFACES is 99.99% effective against all bacterial, from the most common species such as Escherichia Coli to the most dangerous such as Methicillin-resistant Staphilococcus Aureus (MRSA).

Anti-odor effect: even odor-producing organic molecules are degraded and their effect eliminated by the photocatalytic properties of the ecologically active surfaces.

In addition to the main features listed, the antibacterial activity is also effective in the dark and with LED lights.

ACTIVE SURFACES is the synthesis of years of commitment by the Iris Ceramica Group and its sensitivity to environmental sustainability, which helps to purify the air and make floors and walls, and therefore the environment in which we live, cleaner, healthier, more hygienic.