MicNo® is a break-through innovation from Entekno Materials, that provides formulators a single ingredient for broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA & UVB sun rays in additional to Blue Light protection.

The MicNo® Natural chemistry provides excellent SPF performance, high transparency, none whitening & is friendly to the environment & human health.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide.

  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

  • More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour.

  • Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.

  • When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent.

Types of Sunscreens

Chemical UV filters and TiO2 exhibit only narrow spectrum UV protection

Zinc Oxide (ZnO) only globally approved mineral-based natural UV filter that covers both UVA & UVB

MicNo® – ZnO: Perfect Solution for sun protection formulations

UV protection per mass (Unless they are agglomerated)LowHighV. High
TransparencyNoV. HighHigh
Surface coverage per mass (Unless they are agglomerated)LowHighV. High
High Energy Visible Light/Blue Light protectionHighLowHigh
Level of toxicityLowV. HighLow
Uncontrolled agglomerationHighV. HighLow
Level of phytotoxicityLowV. HighLow

The MicNo® natural chemistry provides excellent SPF performance, high transparency, none whitening & is friendly to the environment and human health. Consequently, nanoparticle scientist not only focus and advantages of nanoparticles but also the potential problems associated with such fine particles and endeavor to develop new solutions to overcome potential challenges while retaining the unique properties and performance advantages nanoparticles.

How does MicNo® work?

  • No whitening effect

  • High transparency

  • Low photoreactivity

  • High surface coverage

  • Good safety profile

  • Smooth feeling on the skin

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Broad spectrum antimicrobial activity

The unique designed structure enables MicNo® to behave like safe Micron ZnO on the skin and behave like transparent Nano ZnO under light, which permits the MicNo particles to demonstrate Micron Size & Nano Power. MicNo particles are designed, platelet shaped micron particles which are composed of nano-sized primary particles to solve sunscreen manufactures’ problems by mitigating disadvantageous of both micron and nano sized particles while maintaining their advantageous characteristics.

SPF contribution of MicNo® to cosmetic formulations (In-Vivo Tests)

SPF:MicNo® Powder % ratio = 1.5-2.0:1% MicNo® Powder

• The formulations contained only MicNo-ZnO as UV-filter
• The results are based on in-vivo tests

MicNo® Product Portfolio

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MicNo® Powder (MicNo®)

MicNo CSA-N (MicNo Coated Stearic Acid – Natural)

MicNo CSi (Coated Silicone MicNo)

MicNo DAB (MicNo C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate Dispersion)

MicNo DCC-N (MicNo Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Dispersion – Natural)

MicNo CSi-DAB (Coated Silicone MicNo C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate Dispersion)

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MicNo® will offer manufacturers:

  • More for less. A higher SPF can be achieved with less MicNo ZnO content

  • Broad-spectrum protection. Protection against UVA & UVB sun rays

  • Further protection. Protection against high-energy visible (blue) light

  • Non-whitening. White-cast free, transparent sunscreens

  • Superior health-safety profile. Biocompatible & non-toxic

  • All natural. Environmentally benign sunscreens, coral reef friendly

  • Preservative-free formulations. Antimicrobial properties of MicNo

  • Photostable UV filter formulations. No phototoxicity

Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Our project STAR “SAFE, TRANSPARENT, ACTIVE AND RELIABLE MINERAL BASED SUNSCREEN INGREDIENT TECHNOLOGY” has been awarded with the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase I grand.

Within the 3rd call of 2016 of SME Instrument 1938 project from 40 different countries applied for the grand and only 189 SME’s from 24 countries has been managed to get the grand. STAR project is one of the 16 projects on the field of nano technology. STAR projects abstract is as follows:

Due to the depletion of ozone layer more harmful rays from sun are passing from this barrier. This leads a dramatic increase in the skin cancer incidence rate. The most widely accepted solution to overcome this health problem is to use sunscreen products. However, many of the sunscreens have some serious disadvantages and have difficulties to cover all the necessary protection needed for humankind. STAR project aims to commercialise a novel and ideal ingredient for sunscreens by utilising the patented technology MicNo® owned by Entekno Materials This new ingredient possesses the potential to solve the disadvantages while covering all the new protective aspects of an “ideal” sunscreen.

MicNo® ZnO particles are designed, platelet shaped micron particles which have a thickness of several nanometers. MicNo® ZnO’s unique particle morphology offers i) up to 50% reduction in raw materials usage to achieve the same broad UV protection; ii) mitigated health concerns related with nano particles; iii) transparent and smooth products without any leftovers and whitening; iv) an active ingredient that can be used to enhance sensorial properties of sunscreens, v) no or less amount of dispersing agent in formulations vi) chance to be different from other producers.