IIT Kanpur

A group of IIT Kanpur alumni has created a super-activated carbon N-95 mask. This will not only safeguard a person from coronavirus infection and external pollution, but also from one’s own respiratory odor and bacteria.

The mask, one of its own kind, is claimed to be based on odorless technology. A team of four members – Dr. Sandeep Patil, Nitin Charate, Ankit Shukla, and Mahesh Kumar devised the innovative mask.

Team leader Dr. Patil asserted that in the ordinary masks, the issue of bad odor often happens due to the presence of foul smells and bacteria in our breath. Keeping this problem mind, his team has formulated this multipurpose mask. The testing of this mask is finished in a private laboratory and now it’s ready for production.

The e-spin nanotech startup company set at IIT Kanpur will generate the mask. However, the price of this mask will be a little higher than the N-95 mask. We can purchase the masks shortly.

Giving more details about the mask, Dr. Patil asserted that the process of shaping the carbon into nano-sized holes deep inside is called activated carbon technology. Furthermore, he explained that with the help of super-activated carbon, the pores are neater which helps in curbing harmful particles from entering into our nose. The newly developed mask has a super-activated carbon particle coated in it.

The carbon particles trap the odorous particles that generate odor. And absorb them through chemical processes. When carbon charges, the property of carbon changes so it is not toxic to the body.

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At the same time, the external layer of the mask is blanketed with a coating of electrocharged nanoparticles.  The virus becomes ineffective when comes to contact with this.

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