New Innovation at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology to confront Covid-19
A vital filter for masks to protect medical personnel from infection with the Coronavirus
A research team at the Egypt- Japan University of Science and Technology has succeeded in creating a biofilter attached to the masks used by medical teams in isolation hospitals to reduce infection with the Coronavirus. The filter is composed of environmentally friendly natural materials and is loaded with effective nanometer compounds to get rid of viruses. This innovation benefits medical teams and persons in direct contact with cases infected with Covid-19.
Prof. Hassan Shokry, the principal researcher of the project and a professor at the Environmental Engineering Department at the University’s School of Energy Resources, Environment, Chemical and Petrochemical Engineering, said that the innovative filter is in the form of tissues and nanometric membranes, using various techniques to obtain a high surface area and porosity of the filter. This enables it to capture any air pollutants such as viruses, impurities, and plankton mixed with air and keep them inside its tissues and prevent them from entering the respiratory system during the breathing process. The air filter also contains materials that have the ability to eliminate microbes and viruses.
He added that this research project is in cooperation with the City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications in Borg El-Arab, the Atomic Energy Commission and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, with a funding of 840 thousand pounds from the Academy.