A consortium of Spanish scientists and companies led by the Autonomous University of Madrid is developing a “nonwoven” fabric based on the patent for the manufacture of “graphene ink” that will improve the effectiveness and effectiveness of masks and other SARS-preventive textiles Comfort-CoV-2 virus.
Researchers from Center for Condensed Matter Physics (IFIMAC) From Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) Committed to the development of new manufacturing technologies Protective mask Generally, safer tissues are used to avoid being infected by infectious pathogens, more specifically by virus particles.
The team intends to develop a new technology based on improved fabric manufacturing. “Non-woven” textiles (Non-woven fabric(E.g. English), that is, formed of fibers (e.g. suede) that are connected through mechanical, thermal, or chemical processes but not spun.The typical case here is Non-woven polypropylene, Which is the material used in most mask filters today.
“We intend to combine two-dimensional materials, such as graphene and/or its derivatives, such as graphene oxide, to create an antiviral barrier specifically against SARS-CoV-2,” the author of the project explained, “For this, we Will be based on Development patent In our research group, this allows us to generate graphene “inks”.
The researchers emphasized: “Our goal is to develop a technology to help improve the effectiveness and comfort of masks, as well as preventive textiles that are designed for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in general but can be adapted to other viruses.”
Research centers and companies
The project is led by Félix Zamora, Pedro J. de Pablo and Julio Gómez in a consortium that, in addition to the IFIMAC-UAM group, also National Center for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) And Atmospheric Physics Group University of Granada.
Three companies in Spain participated in this plan: Nano innovation technology, To provide graphene and its derivatives; Non-woven fabric Iberia, The company produces woven nonwoven materials, and Elastic textile, Specializing in the production of orthopedic elastic products, who produces masks.