Instytut Podstawowych Problemów Techniki
Polskiej Akademii Nauk


P. Pascoal-Faria

Ostatnie publikacje
1.  De Sio L., Ding B., Focsan M., Kogermann K., Pascoal-Faria P., Petronella F., Mitchell G., Zussman E., Pierini F., Personalized reusable face masks with smart nano‐assisted destruction of pathogens for COVID‐19: a visionary road, Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN: 0947-6539, DOI: 10.1002/chem.202004875, Vol.27, pp.1-20, 2021

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) emergency has demonstrated that the utilization of face masks plays a critical role in limiting the outbreaks. Healthcare professionals utilize masks all day long without replacing them very frequently, thus representing a source of cross‐infection for patients and themselves. Nanotechnology is a powerful tool with the capability to produce nanomaterials with unique physicochemical and anti‐pathogen properties. Here, we outline how to realize non‐disposable and highly comfortable respirators with light‐triggered self‐disinfection ability by bridging bioactive nanofiber properties and stimuli‐responsive nanomaterials. The visionary road highlighted in this Concept is based on the possibility to develop a new generation of masks based on multifunctional membranes where the presence of nanoclusters and plasmonic nanoparticles arranged in a hierarchical structure enables the realization of a chemically‐driven and on‐demand anti‐pathogen activities. Multilayer electrospun membranes have the ability to dissipate humidity present within the mask, enhancing the wearability and usability. The photo‐thermal disinfected membrane is the core of these 3D printed and reusable masks with moisture pump capability. Personalized face masks with smart nano‐assisted destruction of pathogens will bring enormous advantages to the entire global community, especially for front‐line personnel, and will open up great opportunities for innovative medical applications.

Słowa kluczowe:
face masks, light-responsive nanomaterials, anti-pathogen, electrospinning, digitally personalized

Afiliacje autorów:
De Sio L. - Sapienza University of Rome (IT)
Ding B. - Donghua University (CN)
Focsan M. - inna afiliacja
Kogermann K. - inna afiliacja
Pascoal-Faria P. - inna afiliacja
Petronella F. - inna afiliacja
Mitchell G. - inna afiliacja
Zussman E. - Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (IL)
Pierini F. - IPPT PAN

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