Castanet: UBCO researcher creates antiviral material for face masks to stop COVID-19

By Rob Gibson

University of British Columbia Okanagan researcher Dr. Seyyedarash Haddadi has been researching anti-corrosion coatings, so when the pandemic hit he pivoted to apply his graphene research towards virus prevention. The coating is made from a graphene oxide and silver combination, which has just received Health Canada approval and is being incorporated into millions of face masks for sale worldwide. The breakthrough work has earned Haddadi the Mitacs & NRC-IRAP Award for Commercialization, awarded by Mitacs. 

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