Various researchers and scientists in Cambridge, UK, and Ma’alot-Tarshiha, Israel joined hands and made an active virus filter. This is in the form of a carbon nanotube mat (‘TorStran’). It allows air to pass through and captures the virus molecules present in the air.
The virus capturing and disrupting takes place simultaneously, and this makes the filter a very effective weapon against COVID-19. This is particularly useful in situations that are closed like ambulances, houses, and clinics. This was all lead by a team with the name Q-Flo, which deals in advanced carbon-based materials. Martin Pick, COO of Q-Flo, said that they now aimed to turn this membrane into an effective active virus filterer.
More efforts are being put in back at Israel by Meir Hefetz and by the Cambridge professor, James Elliott, who believes that this is very easy to prototype. Alan Windle, one of the inventors of this technology, said that the original objective of the process was to make ultra-strong conductive fibers for a wide range of applications. But soon, they noticed its relevance to the current world situation and came up with this idea.
According to Ian Goodfellow, a professor in Virology at Cambridge, this low powered active virus filter can trap the animal originated COVID-19 very well and that it can be incorporated into air handling systems easily.
Dr. Shuki Yeshurun, joint CEO of Q-Flo summarized the progress saying, “Our teams in Israel and the UK, including colleagues at Cambridge University, have worked flat out over the past few weeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of the TorStran active virus filter in catching and ‘killing’ the virus.”
We hope that this idea works and is used in the international fight against the pandemic caused by COVID-19.
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