The benefit of our MOF-coated materials is that they can be manufactured at a large scale and at a low cost while providing particulate filtration better than the base fabric.
An important reason for current mask and other PPE shortages is the method of making them. Most commonly used masks are created through time intensive methods such as melt blown polypropylene, which are N95 rated but cannot be easily scaled up or down in production volume without additional production machinery.
Given the projected shortage of these supplies, the CDC and WHO have recommended using regular cloth substitutes (masks, scarves, bandanas) for protection (varying from 4%-30% capture efficiency). Therefore, an immediate and ongoing need in our fight against this pandemic is the widespread availability of effective viral filtration, especially as society opens up.
Our patent pending technology provides a path forward for the commercialization of MOF technologies via rapid production and substrate attachment to enhance the filtration efficiency of common textiles to N95 levels. Our initial results have shown that we can increase the filtration capability of cotton textiles over tenfold using MOF-fabric technology, with minimal impact on breathability. Rapid production on commonly available textiles offers an economically viable and simple solution to the large-scale production of MOF based materials, including filtration devices.