SaniTise ™ Antimicrobial glass

Pilkington SaniTise ™

Pilkington SaniTise ™ is an on-line coated glass with a transparent photocatalytic coating that gives the surface antimicrobial properties and activity against enveloped viruses when exposed to UV light.

The coating retains its properties, reducing the risk of infection in a tested manner for up to two hours, even if UV exposure ceases.

Properties and benefits of antimicrobial glass

● Pilkington SaniTise ™ is a high quality photocatalytic
coated glass that can be used in a variety of applications
in various glazing applications

● Pilkington SaniTise is highly resistant to corrosion,
against mechanical forces and chemical damage

● Pilkington SaniTise ™ can be activated by sunlight or
with artificial UV light. It can be activated quickly
254nm light wavelength, which is also used
UV disinfection in systems

● Pilkington SaniTise ™ quickly reaches full power
after exposure to UV light – only 5-10 minutes of exposure is sufficient;
● Pilkington SaniTise ™ can double UV disinfection

● Once activated, Pilkington SaniTise ™ retains its photocatalytic
functionality for up to two hours even in the dark;
● When activated, Pilkington SaniTise ™ is also oleophobic
(e.g. anti-fingerprint) and easier to clean than
regular glass

● The product can be hardened, laminated, bent and processed
into an insulating glass element.

Indoor applications

● wall glazing

● protective glass, glass railings and partitions

● table tops and countertops

● splash guards

● furniture

● Freezers and refrigeration appliances

● Protective glass for touch screens

Action of antimicrobial glass

The glass utilizes a TIO2 – based coating, which is
applied directly to the glass surface during the glass manufacturing process.
When Pilkington SaniTise ™ coating is exposed to natural UV light
or for light produced by UV disinfection equipment, it is activated.

The coating then reacts with the water vapor in the air
forming a photocatalytic reaction which produces reactive
oxygen compounds. These compounds allow for many
activities, including the decomposition of organic compounds,
antimicrobial properties and activity of enveloped viruses
against the surface of the glass.

When coated glass is treated using a UV disinfection process, the disinfection efficiency is even doubled compared to uncoated glass.

(Source: Pilkington)


Antimicrobial glass surfaces are perfect for public spaces
and window surfaces of installations where modern level of hygiene
is required. Antimicrobiality can be seen to be a part of
the features of modern safety glass. Glass antimicrobial
glass solutions are suitable e.g. safety glass, interior and exterior windows,
sliding glass, revolving glass, mirrors, room dividers,
glass railings and glass for partition systems. Architects
and designers have received coated, antimicrobial glass
with great interest.

New, antimicrobial protection is just as important
than the physical protection provided by traditional safety glass

Antimicrobial glass surfaces will help fight the Covid 19 pandemic as well as possible future pandemics. Antimicrobials also provide protection against the spread of flu infections.

Due to antimicrobiality, the concept of traditional safety glass is getting an update. Although the glass surfaces are made antibacterial, they can still be tempered and laminated at the Riihimäki plant as heat and sound insulating glass and safety glass. In addition, image and graphics can be added to antimicrobial glasses with Print Glass technology, and the glasses can be machined for many different shapes and uses.

Antimicrobial glass can be made into smart DIM Glass

Antimicrobial glass surfaces are ideal for DIM Glass smart windows. When glass walls, room dividers and door glass are equipped with the intelligent DIM Glass feature, opaque glass is made to become completely transparent in a tenth of a second.

The switch can be controlled e.g. with a timer, motion sensor, touch switch, remote control or even a mobile phone. In the opaque sleep mode, the tempered and laminated glass solution can be white, gray, black, or it can look like etched glass. When a low voltage is applied to the glass, it instantly becomes transparent. The most popular uses for DIM Glass are hospital operating rooms and control rooms and office meeting rooms. Lasiliiri’s customers use the solution in a very versatile way, e.g. in windows, doors and glass walls.


The threat of pandemics has been seen to increase in recent years. Antimicrobial glass surfaces are perfect for window surfaces in public spaces and institutions that require a modern level of hygiene. Antimicrobiality can be seen as part of the properties of modern safety glass.

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