In the BioProt project, bio-based and antimicrobial nonvowen materials will be developed for personal protective equipment (PPE), such as surgical mouth-nose protectors, respirators and reusable masks.
An enormous number of different disposable products have been daily used in healthcare. Almost all of them have been made of synthetic and fossil-based raw materials. In the BioProt-project, different bio-based materials will be developed and tested. Organic virus-killing components attached on the surface improve the material properties and provide a competitive advantage over the other products on the market.
Various user surveys made in the project will focus on the mask users’ well-being and safety. New digital technology is applied to monitor online the product performance and user friendliness. Business models, strategies of circular economy, procurement processes and models will be also developed to support the total value and sustainability.
1.1.2022 – 31.12.2023
The BioProt-project develops new, sustainable and safe material solutions for infection control in healthcare focusing mainly on the respirators and the surgical masks and on the industrial-used reusable masks. The project is expected to improve the self-sufficiency of the products and materials in Europe. Through the bio-based raw materials, production is not anymore linked to the availability of the fossil-based raw materials.
Pirjo Heikkilä, VTT: Finnish Technical Research Centre
Satu Salo, VTT: Finnish Technical Research Centre
Varpu Marjomäki, University of Jyväskylä and Tuula Jyske, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Susanna Tella, LAB University of Applied Science
Paulus Torkki, University of Helsinki
Healthcare Workers’ Experiences and Views of Using Surgical Masks and Respirators, and Their Attitudes on the Sustainability: A Semi-Structured Survey Study during COVID-19
Study on spinnability of arabinoxylan extracted from barley husks
Modification of face masks with zeolite imidazolate framework-8: A tool for hindering the spread of COVID-19 infection
Development of face masks that will kill the Corona virus and other viruses - will save lives (MASK-KILL), 2020-2021, Business Finland Korona-Co-Creation
Uuden sukupolven katalyytit ympäristöterveyden edistämiseksi Etelä-Karjalassa, 2021-2023, The European Regional Development Fund, REACT-EU
Biopohjaisten materiaalien kehittäminen sähkökehruumenetelmällä. 2021-2023, Etelä-Karjalan Säästöpankkisäätiö
Finnish Technical Research Centre
LAB University of Applied Science
University of Jyväskylä
Natural Resources Institute Finland
University of Helsinki