New COVID-19 Virus-Filtering Mask Material Being Fast-Tracked to Market

COVID-19 Virus-Filtering Mask Material

Credit: QUT

A new company, CelluAir, will bring the world-first, virus-filtering mask material made from agriculture waste to market. The material was developed by QUT process engineer Dr. Thomas Rainey and his research team.

The material, which can filter nanoparticles smaller than the coronavirus, will be fast-tracked into production after proof of concept testing found it could filter nanoparticles smaller than 100 nanometers, the size of a virus, while retaining high breathability which reduces wearer fatigue. 

CelluAir, a start-up managed by Australian commercialization company Innovyz, signed a license agreement and a shareholders’ agreement with QUT on Friday. CelluAir will begin an accelerated six-week scope of work to scale up the technology to bring it to market as soon as possible.

CelluAir will be a joint venture between QUT and Innovyz.

Innovyz is known for having incubated many advanced manufacturing start-ups from research including listing Amaero (3DA) from Monash University, and Titomic (TTT) from CSIRO on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2019 and 2017 respectively.

Credit: QUT

 “The new material is relatively cheap to produce and is biodegradable making it sustainable for single use,” Dr. Rainey, from QUT Science and Engineering Faculty’s School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering, said.

“Our tests showed the new material was more breathable than commercial face masks, including surgical masks. Breathability is the pressure or effort the wearer has to use to breathe through the mask.

“The higher the breathability the greater the comfort and reduction in fatigue. This is an important factor for people who have to wear masks for long periods or those with existing respiratory conditions.”

Innovyz general manager Tom Kenyon said the company specialized in taking research from the laboratory and moving to market.

“We’re super excited to be working with QUT which has a great reputation in research and are very focussed on commercial outcomes. Many researchers want their research to have impact and the quickest way to have impact is to bring that research to market.”

Queensland University of Technology

Recent Posts

Caltech’s Breakthrough New Nanophotonic Chip “Squeezes” More Out of Light

Electronic computing and communications have advanced significantly since the days of radio telegraphy and vacuum…

October 4, 2022

Parallels to HIV: Another Fatal Monkey Virus Could Be Poised for Spillover to Humans

Evoking parallels to HIV, authors are calling on global health community to be vigilant. According…

October 4, 2022

Scientists Show Transmission of Epigenetic Memory Across Multiple Generations

Changing the epigenetic marks on chromosomes results in altered gene expression in offspring and in…

October 4, 2022

Spectacular Planetary-Scale “Heat Wave” Discovered in Jupiter’s Atmosphere

An unexpected ‘heat wave’ has been discovered in Jupiter’s atmosphere. It reaches a scorching temperature…

October 4, 2022

“Really Impressive” – Astronomers Capture the First Wide-Field Snapshots of X-Ray Universe

EP-WXT Pathfinder has released its first results. EP-WXT Pathfinder, an experimental prototype of a module…

October 4, 2022

“Electric Pill” Shown To Help Patients With Severe COVID-19

Activating the auricular vagus nerve provides anti-inflammatory effects in severe Covid-19 cases. A system out…

October 4, 2022