Designed and built by researchers at the Center for Development of Functional Materials, the device is much cheaper than the conventional technology.
An investigation led by RIDC CDMF reused bacterial cellulose scraps usually thrown away by manufacturers of wound dressings to make strong biodegradable film for food packaging.
In laboratory tests, the material inactivated 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 in two minutes. The technology developed by a spin-off from RIDC CDMF will be used to produce face masks and hospital apparel.
Developed by this spin-off from RIDC CDMF, the N95-type respirator is made of material containing silica-silver microparticles with antimicrobial and antifungal properties that hinder surface adhesion by SARS-CoV-2.
Research groups who previously developed low-cost rapid tests for Zika fever and other viral diseases - the CDMF-devised electrochemical sensor with ZnO nanoparticles being one of them - are adapting these models for use in detecting SARS-CoV-2.
Tool developed by a firm founded as a spin-off from RIDC CDMF is being used to assess student learning in primary and secondary schools in the state of São Paulo.
Developed in a study featuring participation of RIDC CDMF, the material – zinc-doped manganese chromite – can be used in a range of products, from gas sensors to data storage devices, thanks to its magnetic properties.
Coating made of chitosan – a natural polymer obtained from shellfish exoskeletons – and developed at RIDC CDMF enhances mechanical strength, protects against microorganisms, and prevents mass loss due to evaporation. It can also be used to coat food packaging.