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A lab technician takes a blood sample for the Indiana COVID-19 Statewide Prevalence Study

Spotlight on the Indiana COVID-19 Prevalence Study

The Indiana State Department of Health partnered with researchers at the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI to study the spread of COVID-19 throughout Indiana. The study was the first of its kind and served as a model for other universities such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins.

Learn more about the study





Spotlight on the Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute

Director of IUPUI's Integrated Nanosystems Institute Mangilal Argawal and researchers at the institute are using copper to make reusable face masks safer and more comfortable for daily use.

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At Integrated Nanosystems

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Development Institute,

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me and my colleague Dr. Hamid Dalir are working on making reusable

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material that can capture

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and kill the virus.

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Surgical masks can provide you protection

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with larger particles,

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but for a virus as small as 100 nanometer,

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they are not very effective to capture all the

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airborne virus particles.

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To code this layer, we are using electrospinning

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technique that we have

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developed here at IUPUI.

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It is similar to like spray painting.

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These are the nylon nanofibers, and these are the copper nanoparticles.

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When we electrospin

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and electrospray both

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simultaneously, it looks

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like this. So nylon traps

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the viruses and copper kills the viruses. 

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Here you can see we have replaced the middle layer of the surgical mask,

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and we have modified them with our current technology, which is electrospun nylon fiber and electrosprayed

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copper oxide nanoparticle. You can apply this coating on any other subtrate,

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HVAC filters at home or at commercial buildings, and also schools. 

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We are also collaborating with local companies

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which are working on the Defense Protection Act to manufacture COVID-related

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Commercialization Office has been tremendous help. Since we disclosed this technology to their office,

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they have helped us to

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figure out how to start a company,

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filing the patent last year. I think having a unit like ICO

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can make this happen, to work

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together, collaborate and succeed.

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