“Materials that clean and disinfect the environment we live in”

Sector: Building envelope materials
Founded: 2019
First Invested: 2019
Located: Athens, Greece.
Website: http://www.pcnmaterials.com/


Building envelope materials


First Invested

Herakliom, Greece


Concentrations of air pollutants in indoor spaces are usually 4-10x higher than the outdoors.  This becomes especially problematic in urban areas as 97% of people living there spend more than 90% of their time indoors. Photocatalysis has been proved to be one of the most promising processes for the removal of primary noxious inorganic and organic air pollutants, such as CO, NOx, O3, aldehydes, and BTEX, as well as inactivation of pathogens such as e-Coli, Klebsiella Pneumonia, and Staphylococcus.

PCNano Materials produces paint additives which, under the influence of solar or indoor lighting, improve air quality. The materials’ properties are ideal for indoor spaces such as hotels, convention centers, meeting and lecture halls, as well as schools. They may additionally support the disinfection from bacteria, viruses, phages, etc., at health-sensitive areas such as sewage treatment plants, health Centers, hospitals, restaurants or retirement homes.

 Extensive tests by independent Greek and international bodies have shown enhanced de-pollution effects and strong disinfection properties.


George Kiriakidis

George Kiriakidis

Co-Founder & CEO

George was the founder and head of the TCM materials lab at the IESL/FORTH since 1990. He served as professor at the Physics Dpt of the University of Crete (1981-2017) and as President of the European Materials Research society (2017-2019). He holds a BSc Physics from AUTH, Thessaloniki Greece, MSc in Control Eng. From UMIST Manchester and PhD in Materials Eng. From Salford Univ. UK. He also holds a MBA from the Univ. of Surrey, UK. He was the founder of the first spin-off of FORTH (MITOS SA) in 1988 and served as the first director of the Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C), He specializes in materials science and technology and is the author/co-authors in more than 140 scientific papers, articles and book chapters.
Vassilis Binas

Vassilis Binas


Vassilios holds a PhD in Materials Chemistry from University of Crete. He has served as Visiting Researcher at International Institute of New Energy, Shenzhen, China and at Electronic Ceramics-K5, Institut ‘Josef Stefan’, Slovenia. He has a combined research experience of over 10 years and he is specialized on advanced materials for energy and environmental application. He has published numerous scientific papers and he won important prizes and awards in Competitions of Innovation and Applied Research.
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