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September 6th, 2004

Technology at your service

CSIRO and the University of Technology, Sydney, have developed a model house, Nanohouse, to show how new materials, products and processes – all arising from nanotechnology research – may be applied to our living environment.

Take the self-cleaning glass, which is now available as a commercial product, Pilkington Activ. It will be in action when the Nanohouse display tours the country later this year.

A film of titanium dioxide is applied to the glass. When ultraviolet light hits the photocatalytic substance, it produces a charge that will break down any organic particles in contact with it.

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