Photocatalysis seminar


This year, TOTO’s Hydrotect department is organising its annual seminar on the topic of photocatalysis. Prominent international experts will give presentations on the latest trends and developments in this area. This event is designed to increase awareness of photocatalysis technology and provide information on recent innovations in this field.

TOTO is primarily known as Japan’s leading manufacturer of ceramic bathroom products. The company also focuses on developing new technologies, some of which are used in other areas.

HYDROTECT is a good example. This technology, based on the principle of photocatalysis, is characterised by three main features: It uses natural resources like sunlight and rainwater to create self-cleaning surfaces on building facades and roofs. At the same time, it cleans the air by breaking down nitrogen oxide. Facades and windows treated with HYDROTECT require far less frequent cleaning. HYDROTECT’s main purpose inside buildings is its antibacterial effect.

Oxygen particles activated through photocatalysis destroy the dirt, bacteria and oils that cling to surfaces, allowing rainwater to simply wash it away.
HYDROTECT benefits the environment in one very important way – by significantly breaking down nitrogen and sulphur oxides in the air. Just 150m² of treated surface area (about the size of a single-family home) cleans the same amount of air as a forested area the size of four tennis courts.

This technology is ideal for use anywhere surfaces are to be kept clean.
The seminar will be held on 4 October 2012 from 13:00 to 17:00 at Düsseldorf’s Maritim Hotel.

Professor Kazuhito Hashimoto, University of Tokyo
Alain Mathurin, President of the European Photocatalytics Federation (EPF)
Thomas Rampp, architect, Lang Hugger Rampp GmbH


Please register at: hydrotect(at) or call +49 211 27308-289.