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RPI researchers working to develop virus-killing masks

Benita Zahn & WNYT Staff
Updated: April 24, 2020 07:40 PM
Created: April 24, 2020 07:01 PM

TROY - While efforts are underway by many groups to develop an easy and effective method to sanitize the N-95 masks used by health care providers and first responders, a team at RPI is taking another approach.

What if you could coat the masks with an anti-viral material - something that would kill the virus on contact?

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That's what Assistant Professors Helen Zha and Edmund Palermo are working on.

They're using non-toxic, anti-viral products already on the market.    

The goal is getting that stuff onto the mask, easily and effectively.

To fund this, they just landed a one-year, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

They're also working with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Learn more about the technology the masks use, by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story.


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