13 May '11, 6pm

Playing catch up: Tell-all

Playing catch up: Tell-all

self-cleaning EcoClean panels, smog-eating architectural panels — yep, smog-eating architectural panels — from aluminum giant Alcoa. Todd Woody explains the science behind these ordinary-looking smog busters: "... invisible to the naked eye is a coating of titanium dioxide layered on top of the silver paint. Titanium dioxide particles serve as photo catalysts and when struck by sunlight their electrons become supercharged and interact water molecules in the air. That interaction releases free radicals that break down organic material on the building panel and pollutants such as nitrogen oxide in the surrounding atmosphere."

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mnn.com 20 May '11, 4pm

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treehugger.com 04 May '11, 7pm

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