BARDA-NIOSH Mask Innovation Challenge

Prof. Kai Liu’s group has been selected as one of the ten Phase 1 Winners of the BARDA – NIOSH Mask Innovation Challenge, out of 1448 submitted designs: https://drive.hhs.gov/mask_challenge.html

Their design is a new type of air filtration material based on lightweight nanoporous metal foams that are efficient, breathable, robust, adaptable, cost-effective, and can also be cleaned, reused and recycled. Their feasibility demonstration was recently published in Nano Letters, and featured by ACS in its press release.

Please find more information by visiting the Georgetown College’s News Article.

Read the BARDA-NIOSH public announcement here: https://www.medicalcountermeasures.gov/stories/maskchallenge/ (new window)

Hear more about this innovation in Prof. Liu’s Podcast with UK-based Physics World (new window) (starting at the 16″ mark).