A Pune-based start up tech. has develop a special 'virucidal' face mask that can literally kill the deadly coronavirus when it comes in contact with it.
Thincr Tech, worked with Merck Life Sciences' Nerul facility to develop the mask by coating them in anti-viral agents called virucides that attacks viral particles. This start-up has combined 3D printing and pharmaceuticals to create this mask.
This coated layer can be used as an additional layer in N-95 masks, 3-ply masks, simple cloth masks, 3D printed or other plastic cover masks, along with reusable filters. The filters of these masks have also been developed using 3D printing. These masks are reusable.
The material used for coating is a Sodium Olefin Sulfonate based mixture which is a soap forming agent with hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties. This carry thr properties to neutralise the virus came in contact with it.
This start-up has started commercial scale production of the the anti-viral masks and even applied for a patent of this product.
The start up tech has also distributed 6,000 virucidal masks to NGO, to government hospitals in Nandurbar, Nashik and Bengaluru, for healthcare workers and also to a girls’ school and college in Bengaluru.