What is DYPHOX?
DYPHOX is a self-disinfecting coating with an excellent, lasting effect. Our patented solution achieves a germ reduction based on a natural principle and is particularly suitable for hygiene-sensitive and frequently touched surfaces. The molecules in this coating trigger a reaction in the presence of light, which destroys the cell walls of the pathogens. These can then no longer trigger any infections. Once applied, this effect lasts for one year.
Against which germs does DYPHOX work?
DYPHOX affects various types of bacteria, e.g. MRSA (better known as one of the hospital germs) or E.coli (causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain) and viruses (e.g. influenza A, coronaviruses, noroviruses).
Does DYPHOX need special light ?
No! DYPHOX does not require any special light sources and works with normal visible light (daylight or artificial room light).
When does the antimicrobial effect begin?
The disinfection process by DYPHOX acts immediately as soon as visible light reaches the coated surfaces.
Which component of DYPHOX takes the antimicrobial effect?
The in-situ produced singlet oxygen is responsible for the antimicrobial effect and oxidatively destroys the pathogens.
What is singlet oxygen and how does it work?
Singlet oxygen is a energy-rich form of normal atmospheric oxygen. It is generated by the DYPHOX photocatalyst transferring the energy of the incident ambient light to neighboring oxygen molecules in air. The short-term excited state only works close (up to 8 mm range) to the surface coating. Singlet oxygen oxidatively destroys the outer layer of microorganisms, effectively and permanently killing them.
Is singlet oxygen a concern?
No, the activated oxygen is harmless to humans and animals.
Can the coated surface cause allergies?
No! The photocatalyst used was proven to be inconspicuous in the sensitization study. The DYPHOX coating was certified as “very good” by Dermatest.
Are there any health concerns related to the surfaces coated with DYPHOX?
No. DYPHOX surfaces are harmless to health and free of metal particles, chemical biocides or plasticizers. The coating has been classified by ISEGA as safe for food contact and as sweat- and saliva-proof.
Is DYPHOX Universal effective against SarsCoV2?
Yes, singlet oxygen has been proven to be effective against all types of viruses – including corona viruses – as well as all types of bacteria.
Is DYPHOX Universal approved as a biocidal product?
DYPHOX Universal is regulatory a biocidal product and therefore affected by the European Biocide Regulation EU 528/2012. DYPHOX is based on an in-situ process, i.e. in this case reactive oxygen species are produced from ambient air, and accordingly, according to Article 93 of the Biocide Regulation, a transitional period is valid to this type of product. A corresponding active substance dossier for “free radicals generated in-situ from ambient air or water” has been submitted to ECHA. Until the active substance procedure is approved, corresponding products can be marketed and sold accordingly.
Does an antimicrobial surface replace the need for surface disinfection?
Whether DYPHOX replaces or effectively supplements surface disinfection depends on the specifications in your area and on each individual case. In any case, the germ-load of DYPHOX coated surfaces are effectively reduced even without additional disinfection and, in contrast to disinfection, no hygiene gaps occur, as DYPHOX is permanently effective and not only during application.
Where is DYPHOX already used as an additive today?
In addition to the coating, the DYPHOX photocatalyst can be mixed as an additive into numerous products, for example wall paints, varnish systems, print varnishes, elastomers, in order to provide them with antimicrobial properties. In cooperation with various partners from the coating, print varnish and wall paints industries, products with DYPHOX additive have already been successfully launched on the market.
How is the antimicrobial efficacy of products with DYPHOX additive proven?
The verification is carried out individually in cooperation with you and independent testing laboratories.
How are products classified according to the European Biocide Regulation when they are equipped with DYPHOX as an additive?
After a product has been equipped with the respective additive, a “treated article” is created from a regulatory point of view. The manufacturer and distributor must have the additivated product labeled as those in accordance with the area of application. The labeling requirements according to Article 58 of the European Biocide Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012) apply.