In fashionable SoHo, there is a new building that actually uses a chemical compound to break down harmful gases in the atmosphere. While the building’s exterior mimics the look of natural stone, it is coated with a titanium dioxide nanoparticle-based treatment called Pureti.

“Thanks to Pureti's decontamination and self-cleaning properties, the process is a trickle-down effect. When UVA beams hit the panels, oxygen and water vapor in the atmosphere are converted into super oxide and hydroxyl; super oxide then converts harmful nitrous oxide in the atmosphere into benign nitrates while hydroxyl converts volatile organic compounds and soil into minerals, gas, and water. In short, what begins in the atmosphere as soil, chemicals, and nitrous oxide becomes little more than minerals and H2O.”

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