DoD Problem: The protection of the Warfighter requires the development of advanced personal protective equipment (such as masks), novel air filtration and purification technologies, and associated enabling materials/research.
Solution: Produce and functionalize piezoelectric polymer nanofibers for biological and chemical-specific surface coating.
Outcomes/Benefits: (1) Molecular and species specific, dynamic multifunctional nanofibers and multi-stacked filtration media provide unprecedented protection in respiration, clothing, tents, and other wears (2) the materials work in both air and liquid, and 3) a multiplex platform for sensors that include spectral, temperature and piezotronic sensing. The project was funded and extended for an additional year.
“I really like the track that you are on. I like the mix of the materials on the bio side and I think it is something that is a need at ECBC and the Army in general.” – Jared Decoste, Ph.D., U.S. Army ECBC Scientist