Sunandan Divatia School of Science (SDSOS) of NMIMS University has developed a mask that ensures protection from airborne human pathogens. The technology is now transferred for commercialization and marketing to Milton Group of Pharma Company Mumbai on 21st June 2021 done in the presence of the Chancellor of NMIMS University, Amrishbhai Patel and other university leadership.
The unique mask is the brainchild of Dr. Neetin Desai, Dean, SVKM’s NMIMS Sunandan Divatia School of Science, along with his colleague Dr. Vrushali Joshi, Post-Doctoral Fellow at NMIMS Sunandan Divatia School of Science. The battery-operated mask is safe to use while using mobile or headphone. The mask developed is four-layered cotton with a metallic mesh, which acts as an electrical filter. During inhaling and exhaling, the pathogens coming in contact with the mask get neutralized instantly, ensuring complete protection to the user. The mask is reusable, self-sterilizing, and environment-friendly. The battery lasts for more than six months if used with proper care and is replaceable. Priced at Rs 800-1000, the mask is available online. It will be launched in the market from next week. This mask replaces more than 240 regular masks reducing the environmental burden, and is thus eco-friendly.
In COVID -19 pandemic, wearing of a face mask has become a basic necessity in public places since the pathogen is widespread in the community. The large gatherings, public transport, offices, schools, and colleges are where chances of getting infected are very high. The regular masks protect from aerogel and large dust particles; however, they do not protect against most human pathogens.