News Release: SUNY Poly Professors Receive Grant to Create Innovative Personal Protective Facemask

News Release: SUNY Poly Professors Receive Grant to Create Innovative Personal Protective Facemask

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 09:43
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For Release:      Immediate – July 20, 2020
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ALBANY and UTICA, NY – SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) announced today it has been awarded a grant from SUNY to allow Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology Dr. Iulian Gherasoiu, Associate Professor of Nanoengineering Dr. Harry Efstathiadis, and Associate Professor of Nanobioscience Dr. Michael Fasullo, to create an innovative solid-state face mask air filter underpinned by ongoing, collaborative research.

“I am extremely proud our faculty members who received this award, which will support SUNY Poly research as a force for good during this COVID-19 pandemic through the development of novel personal protective equipment,” SUNY Poly Interim Dean of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Dr. André Melendez.

“I commend this SUNY Poly faculty research team on their efforts to establish a new method to engineer PPE so that those who may one day use this new filter can better protect themselves—and potentially others—against COVID-19,” said SUNY Poly Interim Dean of the College of Engineering Dr. Michael Carpenter.

The award will enable continued research on the air filter device designed to inactivate SARS-COV-2 virus particles upon contact using battery-powered technology.

“We are encouraged by the receipt of this award that opens the path for inter-disciplinary collaboration, allowing us to materialize a concept that we hope will contribute to the increased safety of those wearing face coverings and to the mitigation of the challenges posed by the disruption of the critical equipment supply chain,” Dr. Gherasoiu said.


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