Woolen Respirators for Thermal Management

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Author(s)

  • Mohammad Irfan Iqbal
  • Yuanzhang Jiang
  • Bin Fei
  • Qingyou Xia
  • Xin Wang
  • Wenbo Hu

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2100201
Number of pages9
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Materials Technologies
Volume6
Issue number6
Online published20 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic recently has a great impact on personalized protection and healthcare, especially in the area of the respiratory mask. However, due to the complex relationship between filtration performance and thermal management, there is a lack of investigation considering both characters in respirators. Woolen knitwears are recently well acknowledged as textiles for both hot and cold because of their superior water-actuated shape memory performance. To incorporate protective function against bacteria, virus, microdroplet, and particulate matter, melt-blown polypropylene can be introduced as a barrier layer. Herein, a robust and sustainable bio-based woolen respirator with the superior ability of thermal management is prepared using simple knitting and melt-blown technology. The as-prepared respirators provide excellent protection from airborne particulate along with the high level of comfort, compared with a commercial mask. Moreover, it exhibits a high rating during wear trial. This provides a new insight to develop high quality sustainable respiratory mask with an excellent comfort performance from functional biomaterials.

Research Area(s)

  • COVID-19, personal protection, respirators, thermal management, wool

Citation Format(s)

Woolen Respirators for Thermal Management. / Iqbal, Mohammad Irfan; Shuo, Shi; Jiang, Yuanzhang et al.

In: Advanced Materials Technologies, Vol. 6, No. 6, 2100201, 06.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review