Efficient, Breathable and Biodegradable Filter Media for Face Masks 

Vol. 24,  No. 5, pp. 1613-1622, May  2023


The global outbreak of COVID-19 results in the surge of disposable sanitary supplies, especially personal protective face masks. However, the charge dissipation of the electret meltblown nonwovens, which predominate in the commercial face mask filters, confines the durability and safety of commercial face masks. Furthermore, most of the face masks are made from nondegradable materials (such as PP) or part of their degradation products are toxic and contaminative to the environment. Herein, a type of face mask with biodegradable and highly effective PLA bi-layer complex fibrous membrane as filter core is reported. The prepared PLA complex membrane possesses a high-filtration efficiency of 99.1% for PM0.3 while providing a favorable pressure drop of 93.2 Pa. With the PLA complex membrane as the filter core, our face mask exhibits comparable or even higher wearability to commercial face masks, which further manifests our designed PLA complex membrane a promising filter media for face masks.

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[IEEE Style]

X. Zhang, Y. Xu, Y. Zeng, "Efficient, Breathable and Biodegradable Filter Media for Face Masks," Fibers and Polymers, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 1613-1622, 2023. DOI: 10.1007/s12221-023-00178-9.

[ACM Style]

Xiaomin Zhang, Yuanqiang Xu, and Yongchun Zeng. 2023. Efficient, Breathable and Biodegradable Filter Media for Face Masks. Fibers and Polymers, 24, 5, (2023), 1613-1622. DOI: 10.1007/s12221-023-00178-9.