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Israeli researchers invent mask that self-cleans through heat from phone charger

Jasper Hart
June 17, 2020

Charging mask heats carbon fibres to high temperatures that kill viruses

Israeli researchers claim to have invented a reusable face mask that can kill the coronavirus when heated by a phone charger.

According to Reuters, the team at Technion University in Haifa have come up with a mask with a USB port that connects to a mobile phone charger.

Heating the mask for about 30 minutes disinfects it by killing viruses on its surface. The charger heats a layer of carbon fibres up to 70 degrees celsius.

Chief researcher Yair Ein-Eli said the mask aims to counteract the negative environmental effects of producing and using disposable masks.

The researchers submitted a patent for the mask in the USA in late March, and say they are looking at ways to commercialise it with the private sector.

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