New generation washable PES membrane face mask for virus filtration

Md. Eman Talukder, Fariya Alam, Md. Nahid Pervez, Wang Jiangming, Fahim Hassan, George K. Stylios, Vincenzo Naddeo, Hongchen Song

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Membrane materials might be used for face protection because they can decontaminate the inhaled air from particle pollution and viruses like the SARS-Cov0-2 which damages our respiration system. In this study, plyethersulfone membranes (PES) were synthesized with green solvent at room temperature and its filtration effectiveness was investigated against nano-bacteria (size 0.05 to 0.2 µm) by measuring their Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) and micro aerosol size (0.3 µm), and Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE). The average SARS-CoV-2 diameters are between 50 nm to 160 nm. A series of experiments were performed to accomplish between 0.03 to 0.21 µm PES sponge like diameters so that can be used for SARS-CoV-2 filtration. Results showed that nanofiltration/ultrafiltration could filter 99.9% of bacteria and aerosol from contaminated air the size of the Covid-19 molecule.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-23
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Early online date7 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • air filtration
  • Corona-virus
  • fresh breathe
  • high efficiency
  • Membrane filtration
  • microfiltration
  • nanofiltration
  • PES membrane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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