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.
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
|UV protection per mass (Unless they are agglomerated)||Low||High||V. High|
|Surface coverage per mass (Unless they are agglomerated)||Low||High||V. High|
|High Energy Visible Light/Blue Light protection||High||Low||High|
|Level of toxicity||Low||V. High||Low|
|Uncontrolled agglomeration||High||V. High||Low|
|Level of phytotoxicity||Low||V. High||Low|
The MicNo® natural chemistry provides excellent SPF performance, high transparency, none whitening & is friendly to the environment and human health. Nanoparticle scientists not only focus on the advantages of nanoparticles but also the potential problems associated with such fine particles and endeavour to develop new solutions that harness the properties and advantages but overcome the potential challenges of nanoparticles.
No whitening effect
High surface coverage
Good safety profile
Smooth feeling on the skin
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 the disadvantages of both micron and nano sized particles while maintaining their advantageous characteristics.
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
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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
Our project STAR “SAFE, TRANSPARENT, ACTIVE AND RELIABLE MINERAL BASED SUNSCREEN INGREDIENT TECHNOLOGY” has been awarded the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase I grant.
Within the 3rd call of 2016 of SME Instrument, 1938 projects from 40 different countries applied for the grant. Only 189 SMEs form 24 countries managed to get the grant. STAR project is one of the 16 projects in 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.