What do you usually wear in terms of personal protective equipment (PPE) when working in the lab? The basic suit up gears: Lab coat, goggles, and gloves.
When the world began the war against the pandemic, the spotlight of PPE shone on the facial masks. Not only the awareness of mask wearing is increased, also the research activities in mask development.
This year MRS gathers a special keynote and panel discussion about the research in facial masks along with the biomaterials in the era of COVID-19.
“Leveraging Nanotechnology for Controlling SARS-CoV-2 Transmission” by Danmeng Shuai
The Shuai Group looks at the design and fabrication of air filters that can be used in the masks and air filtration system in the residential buildings. As the coronavirus mainly relies on aerosols to spread, usually for long-range transmission, effective capture of bioaerosols containing viruses would be beneficial to protecting public health.
Image: Shuai Group
“Harnessing Synthetic Biology to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic” by James J. Collins
The Collins Group focuses on developing biologic cells that work as a diagnostic tool. The biomaterials, once successfully integrated into wearable equipment, for example, lab coats or face masks, can sense and report the potential pathogen contamination.
“Facial Masks during COVID-19: Disinfection, Homemaking, Imaging and Future Materials Design” by Yi Cui
In the talk, Cui discussed the approaches to disinfect facial masks under heating and humidity conditions so that the masks can be reused without compromising the protection purpose. The Cui Group is also active in designing homemade masks, offering a route for the general public to utilize household textiles in making effective masks.
To know more, go to PPE/Surfaces: F.GI01.09 & F.GI01.10
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