Structures that have a titanium dioxide coating applied to an aluminum surface help clean themselves and the air around them.

Alcoa has unveiled one of the first commercial building installations of its Reynobond with EcoClean technology, which was implemented at Vancouver’s Olympic Village last year. These architectural panels, made from aluminum with a titanium dioxide coating, clean themselves and the air around them.

The “smog-eating” panels will be installed at a new Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) facility in Badin, North Carolina, bolstering sustainability at the recycling hub. The coating works with natural sunlight, acting as a catalyst to break down organic pollutants on the panel’s surface and in the air around it into harmless matter, which is then washed away by rainwater. John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI, said:

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