HITK alumnus makes reusable face mask to beat Covid-19 at IIT Mandi

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Dr. Amit Jaiswal receiving the Foundation Day Award 2021 at IIT Mandi

Dr Amit Jaiswal, an alumnus of Heritage Institute of Technology (HITK) Department of Biotechnology, Batch-2008, currently Associate Professor at IIT Mandi has invented with his team a self-cleaning reusable face mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at IIT Mandi.

The team headed by Dr Jaiswal has made a novel virus filtering self-cleaning, and anti-bacterial material that can be used to make reusable face masks. They have used nanometer-sized sheets which are 100000 times smaller than the width of a human hair that can clean microbes and are solar light cleanable. It can clean 96 % of viruses that are in the size range of covid-19 without compromising on the breathability of the fabric.

Recently Dr Amit received the Foundation Day Award 2021  for excellence in institute service as the chief warden of the Institute at IIT Mandi.

“It’s great news for our Institute and we are proud of Dr. Amit,” said Prof. Basab Chaudhuri, Principal, Heritage Institute of Technology Kolkata