SINTX Technologies develops new fabric for masks using silicon nitride
Category: #health  By Pankaj Singh  Date: 2020-10-08
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SINTX Technologies develops new fabric for masks using silicon nitride

SINTX Technologies, a renowned OEM of silicon nitride ceramic for non-medical and medical applications, has reportedly announced that it has made considerable progress towards developing a new “catch and kill” mask using silicon nitride that would render various respiratory viruses inactive.

It has been proven that exposure to silicon nitride can effectively neutralize a plethora of viral strains and bacterial species.

The firm stated that it successfully embedded and dispersed silicon nitride particles inside woven and nonwoven fabric fibers, marking a crucial milestone towards its goal of making these masks widely available. Now, the company would be focusing on next steps, including fabric efficacy and safety testing, manufacturing scale-up, and optimization of the production process.

Dr. Bal, CEO and the President of SINTX Technologies, stated that the firm has expedited the mask development process in-house by investing in its human resources and equipment, instead of depending upon outside parties. The silicon nitride particles form preferential bond with polypropylene fibers without any stray particles at micron level.

Dr. Bal added that fabrics embedded with silicon nitride through this procedure would undergo a testing phase to assess their antiviral effect. Prior scientific data has proven that silicon nitride effectively neutralizes SAR-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

The company believes that the scope for a face mask, that is capable of rendering viruses and bacteria inactive, goes much beyond the existing concerns fueled by COVID-19. For instance, across densely packed Asian cities, air pollution and respiratory viruses related health concerns are commonplace. Consequently, the use of protective mask in these regions was highly prevalent even before the coronavirus, added Dr. Bal

Bruce Lorange, CEO of O2TODAY, stated that early process development activities have shown positive outcomes, and the company is hopeful that soon a mask will be developed that catches and kills the COVID-19 virus. Lorange further added that the company is thrilled by the rapid progress made towards mask development.

O2TODAY, an anti-pollution mask maker, has a deal with SINTX to develop as well as commercialize antimicrobial face masks.

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