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A preliminary study on antifungal effect of TiO2-based paints in natural indoor light


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The antifungal activity of four commercial photocatalytic paints (KEIM Ecosil ME, Titanium FA, Photo Silicate and Silicate D) in natural indoor light was investigated. The paints contained TiO2 in rutile and anatase crystalline forms as evidenced by means of the X-ray diffraction analysis. In most cases the paints inhibited growth of fungi viz. Trichoderma viride, Aspergillus niger, Coonemeria crustacea, Eurotium herbariorum, and Dactylomyces sp. The KEIM Ecosil ME paint displayed the highest antifungal effect in the light, which could be explained with the highest anatase content. The paint antifungal activity and the fungal sensitivity to the TiO2-mediated photocatalytic reaction both decreased in the following orders: KEIM Ecosil ME > Titanium FA > Photo Silicate > Silicate D and T. viride > Dactylomyces sp. > A. niger > E. herbariorum.









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28 - 12 - 2010


  • Institute of Chemical and Environment Engineering, West Pomeranian University of Technology
  • Division of Biomaterials and Microbiological Technologies, Polymer Institute, ul. Pułaskiego 10, 70-322 Szczecin
  • Institute of Chemical and Environment Engineering, West Pomeranian University of Technology
  • Institute of Chemical and Environment Engineering, West Pomeranian University of Technology


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