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Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Project duration:
01.01.2020 to 31.12.2020
EU contribution:
306.250 euros


Creating an alternative material to produce protective face masks


Personal protective equipment (PPE) like FFP2 masks are key to contain the COVID-19 spread. PPE is made from polypropylene fabrics that filter micro-particles and virus-containing droplets. Production of PPE is mainly in China. Competition for PPE is so high that even highly developed countries face severe gaps. We plan to solve the shortage through alternative high performance PPE fabric, which is cheap, easily available, washable and reusable, for use in masks that match FFP2 performance. Target group: medical professionals in EU and developing countries, where the PPE shortage is massive. Initial product: masks that remove 95% of particles and droplets with >0.6 micrometer diameter, limit exhale leakage (<10%), made from readily available materials, produced in regular garment factories, ideally with self-disinfecting and absorbent properties. Impact: create supply of alternative high performance PPE very fast, at scale, in and for EU and developing countries.


  • FU Berlin, Germany
  • Scientific Products GmbH, Germany

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This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.