Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology Announces the Manufacture of New Environmentally-friendly Anti-microbial Films for Use as Vital Respiratory Filters
In Continuation of the efforts of researchers at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology and their contribution in facing the repercussions of the emerging Corona virus (Covid 19), the university administration announced that new environmentally-friendly antimicrobial membranes will be manufactured with the aim of using them as biological filters for respiratory masks. This project aims to manufacture an innovative and economical biological filter that is attached to medical masks to reduce microbial and viral infections with local materials at low cost and in abundant quantities. The proposed filter will be made from environmentally-friendly natural materials rich with effective nanomaterials to eliminate viruses. Dr. Hassan Shoukry, associate professor at the university’s Environmental Engineering Department and head of the research team, explained that resorting to long-term medical muzzles has become a globally recommended trend. In such difficult circumstances facing the countries of the world, the economy of resources has become an urgent necessity related to human life. A permanent medical muzzle is distinguished by its longevity compared to traditional masks (made of fabric) and is considered cheap if the estimated life expectancy of months and the cost of production are calculated. The actual cost of these masks, which are made from environmentally friendly organic materials, lies in the air filter that purifies the air from plankton and fumes.
Dr. Shoukry added that this filter will be manufactured in the form of nanoscale tissues and membranes using various techniques to obtain a high surface area and porosity of the manufactured filter that can capture any air pollutants such as impurities, plankton and viruses mixed with air and keep them in their tissues to prevent them from entering the respiratory system during the breathing process. In addition to the above, it is necessary and important that the air filter contains substances that have the ability to get rid of microbes and viruses.
This project is considered a continuation of studies and research carried out by Dr. Hassan Shoukry, the main researcher of the project, and the team working in the field of air purification and detection of pollutants using gas detectors and sensors. It is the result of cooperation between many bodies represented in the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, the City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications in Borg El-Arab, the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (the project’s funding body).