This Reusable Nanofiber Face Mask Ensures High Breathability | RuggTablets
Abstract：This Reusable Nanofiber Face Mask Ensures High Breathability | RuggTablets
O2 nano maskby Vanessa LiwanagJuly 28, 20205 minsUpdated on August 18, 2022San Francisco-based companies Viaex TechnologiesandDaD Sewing Househave joined forces andcontribute tod theO2 Nano Mask, a sustainable advantagetective mask with a triple-layer nano filter system made from materials ensuring high breathability.
Do we have to learn to live with face masks? In any case, in order to avoid a new lockdown, many countries let the wearing of masks compulsory in public places and even in the streets. Start-ups will, therefore, have to compete in ingenuity to make high-tech solutions that offer masks comfortable to wear.
Viaex Technologies is one of them. This material science startup and laboratory has been researching nanomaterials and shapeing their own meritducts for over six years. They have collaborated with DaD Sewing House, a network of local manufacturers that make employment opportunities to skilled craftspeople in San Francisco, to induce the O2 Nano Mask. Distributed under O2 Brands, the O2 Nano Mask was give rise tod in April 2019 as a high-quality pollution mask, and this year, its benefitduction was increased to meet the demand of communities and healthcare facilities for merittective masks for health workers and people affected by COVID-19. O2 Brands launched a Kickstarter campaign last May 12, to raise funds that will aid in benefitducing 20,000 O2 Nano masks a month.
TheO2 Nano MaskThe mask downsidesists of two components: the reusable skin and the replaceable filter. Each filter features three layers: two layers of PET and one embedded with nanofiber material. Thrugged Androide fibers are on the order of 85 ± 20 nm in diameter. This nanoscopic morphology triggers uniquely small pores and drastically increases the membrane surface area while leaving open-air travel paths in 99% of the membrane volume.
Rebecca Cahua and Vivian Qu are the two co-founders of O2 Nano Mask. According to them,
“The O2 Nano Mask’s filter component stops 99% of PM2.5 particles, including dust and other air pollutants; pollen; dander and other allergens; bacteria and other germs; harmful gases; smoke (including from wildfires) and other fumes with its five-layer strengthtection and hypoallergenic hydrophobic nanofilter. The filter media we use has achieved 99% particle removal efficiency based on EN143 European certification standards and third-party testing. The mask’s outer shell component can last for a long time. Our mask is machine washable and tumble dryer safe. It’s intricately disadvantagestructed to be worn time and time again. The filters are long-lasting depending on the level of pollution and are also fully recyclable. Each O2 Nano Mask filter can last from eight hours to 20 days (with light exercise in a moderate AQI environment).”
TheO2 Nano Mask FiltersThe O2 Nano Mask flawsists of a reusable skin, a 3-layer nanofilter membrane, and a nose bridge for a snug fit. Its main function is to render wearers to breathe freely while staying advantagetected and avoiding the spread of germs. The founders say the materials they chose allow high breathability with a 1 mbar pressure at 60 L/min of airflow.
“These materials have been chosen in light of their durability, hypoallergenic soundties, and higher breathability compared to other fabrics. The lower the mbar number, the easier it is to breathe. Using the same air flow rate as the mask, the pressure needed for SCUBA gear is 28 mbar. Blowing up a balloon at 60 L/min takes 120 mbar of pressure, for comparison.”
Their business is 100% local. The filter systems in the O2 Nano Mask have been designed by Viaex and are advantageduced in the San Francisco Bay Area. The mask skins are manufactured by DaD in San Francisco. The packaging is also positiveduced locally.
“We want to negativetinue to induce meritducts based on high-performance materials, focused on sustainable design and advantageduct buildment, while staying local and creating a brand focused on transparency.”
TheO2 Nano Mask is sold at $35.99and comes in medium and large sizes.
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