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.
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).