What is Nano Technology and what is Liquid Glass? What is the science behind LiquidNano(TM)
As a coatings company, our aim is to help our customers protect their belongings and their products. We do this by utilising the remarkable advances being made in NanoTechnology and Liquid Glass.
Nanotechnology takes many forms and involves developments in many different areas. In all instances, though, it’s concerned with the creation of nanolayers, nanoparticles, or nano ‘devices’. In our case, using pure Liquid Glass, this involves the creation of nanolayers.
The word ‘Nano’ comes from the Greek word meaning “dwarf” or small and the term is now commonly used in a scientific sense. When we are talking of Nano products or technologies, we’re talking really small. We’re referring to items or coatings which have dimensions that are measured in billionths of a metre.
A nanometre (nm) is approximately 80,000 times thinner than a human hair. A Liquid Glass coating is approximately 100nm thick (or thin!). This means that they are approximately 12 molecules thick. This means that the Steri-Wipe® coating that you apply to your devices, door handles, sunglasses or other surfaces is approximately 500 times thinner than a human hair. A Nanoparticle is approximately 10 times 10-9 of a meter. In simple terms, one nanometer is a billionth of a meter, so there are 25,400,000 nanometers in an inch!
SiO2 technology (Liquid Glass) comprises particles of silica, derived from quartz sand, which are suspended in an alcohol or water-based carrier (solvent). They are then applied to a substrate, either through wiping or in the case of fabric applications through spraying, dipping or washing.
Once applied there is a very short curing process, where the carrier evaporates and the silica particles form a durable, Nanoscale, layer of glass. This is about 100 nanometres thick, (500 times thinner than a human hair) and this acts as a protective layer of glass on the coated surface, improving its performance.
Unlike ionic or covalent bonds, these attractions do not result from a chemical electronic bond.
The result is a stronger, longer-lasting, scratch-resistant and more durable surface: for glass a far stronger surface which is why we have had such success in mobile phone and car windshield protection. For a surface treated with Steri-Wipe® the result is a surface that is difficult for organisms such as Coronavirus to bond to, and with similar anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties for textiles, but with the important addition of an environmentally friendly way to waterproof the fabric that is far longer lasting than current methods.
Liquid Glass is a truly revolutionary product containing pure, particle-free, Silicon Dioxide – SiO2 – which means that it contains “pure glass”. The glass is in a molecular form and is held in a liquid. It doesn’t become “glass” until it’s allowed to dry. It is an exceptional, truly remarkable, multi-award-winning technology which allows the end-user to protect both industrial and domestic surfaces with an ultrathin super durable coating of invisible, easy to clean, glass.
A Liquid Glass coating is invisible and doesn’t alter the appearance, texture or function of the treated surface.
The Liquid Glass layer adheres to the substrate, through the Van Der Waals effect. This means that quantum forces, draw the Liquid Glass molecules to the substrate layer it is coating. In molecular physics, the Van Der Waals force is a distance-dependent interaction, between atoms or molecules.
In quantum mechanics operating at Nanoscale the Van Der Waals forces exert an incredibly strong bond between the Nano glass particles and the substrate.
Anti-Viral Liquid Glass:
Liquid glass can be combined with other agents, such as anti-microbial chemicals, to deliver longer-lasting efficacy by using the same quantum mechanical principles mentioned above, so a sterilising agent may clean a surface but when combined with liquid glass the agent will remain in place and active for days rather than hours.
The active anti-microbial ingredient in LiquidNano™ is Bacoban®. This is a patented surface disinfectant, which uses a completely new approach, using a semi-permanent nanoscale layer of Liquid Glass to prevent recontamination.
Steri-Wipe® uses a semi-permanent nanoscale layer of Silica Dioxide (SiO2 ) better known as Liquid Glass to protect the surface. The technology used is the sol-gel process that develops a solid gel phase on the basis of a liquid phase.
The biocides used to kill germs are embedded in the porous structure of the developing sponge-like sol-gel and are washed out again when coming into contact with water (bacteria, fungi and enveloped viruses such as Coronavirus are always surrounded by a water shell).
With the continued application of the LiquidNano™ Steri-Wipe® coating, a super thin layer of antipathogen Nanoscale liquid glass is deposited on the surface.
Crucially, even after drying, this active layer will continue to kill pathogens such as Coronavirus for up to 10 days.