Biodegradable antiviral and antibacterial barrier films for face shields and personal protective equipment
Prof Rinti Banerjee and team have been developing biopolymer based biodegradable barrier films as replacements for plastic packaging (patent filed). With the SARS-COVID-19 pandemic there is an increased usage of plastic coated and plastic based personal protective equipment gear. The team is now modifying the technology by incorporating antiviral and antibacterial properties in the films using naturally occurring virucidal and antibacterial agents. The transparent films can be used in face shields and as a layer of protection in personal protective eye wear. Non-transparent versions can be used in personal protection garments. Partnerships with industry are sought for validation and scale up of the technology.