RESPIRONE AV 99 FACE MASK INVENTED BY UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA
May 10, 2021
An Environmentally-friendly, bio-degradable, low-cost and re-usable face mask to repel and destroy any aerosol particles containing the virus, blood or any other water-based stains has been developed by a team headed by Prof. RMG Rajapakse, Senior Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya. This is the first-time global invention of a face mask having these multifunctionalities.
Dr. Chaminda Herath, Consultant in Radiology and Technology of University of Peradeniya, Gayan Tilakaratne Postgraduate in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Niroshan Samarasinghe, the Microanalyst and a Technical Officer at the department of Zoology of the Faculty of Science were the other members of the team.
With the great assistance and the advices of the Honourable Minister of Trade, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, the team was able to find Sarasavi Industries Pvt. Ltd. for mass production of the face masks. University of Peradeniya owns patent rights and has signed an MoU with Sarasavi Industries Pvt. Ltd. for manufacturing.
The coating suspension is prepared at the Isabella Group of Companies and fabric coating is done at the Lumiere Textiles Ltd. This is the first time any invention made from University of Peradeniya has been converted into a commercial product with the assistance provided by the Ministry of Trade.