A Facial Mask Capable of Detecting COVID-19 via Colorimetric Indication

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IP Status

US Utility Patent Pending (Not Yet Published)

Inventors

Yan Vivian Li

At A Glance

Researchers at Colorado State University have developed a “smart” face mask incorporated with nanofiber-based biosensors capable of in-situ detection of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, signaling the viral infection via a colorimetric change.

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Reference No.:  2020-103

Background

​Polydiacetylene (PDA) is an attractive molecule for use in chemosensors, due to its unique characteristic of undergoing a blue-to-red color change in response to targeted stimuli.  Recently, PDA synthetic vesicles have demonstrated colorimetric detection of various biological contaminants, including influenza virus and E. coli in saline solutions.  Development of “smart” Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) could decrease the spread of the current pandemic, as infected patients can be more readily identified.

Benefits
  • Easy detection and diagnostic device to identify contamination of the novel coronavirus
  • Can be applicable to other types of PPE
Publications

Hassan, Faqrul, et al. “Study on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Polydiacetylene Composite Biosensors.” Wiley Online Library, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2 May 2019, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/app.47877.

J.P. Yapor, et al. Polydiacetylene Nanofiber Composites as a Colorimetric Sensor Responding to Escherichia coli and pH. ACS Omega 2017, 2, 10, 7334–7342 https://doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.7b01136

Alam, AKM Mashud, et al. “Study of Polydiacetylene-Poly (Ethylene Oxide) Electrospun Fibers Used as Biosensors.” Materials (Basel, Switzerland), U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2016, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28773326/.

 

Last updated: May 2020

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Inventor: Yan Vivian Li, Associate Professor, Design & Merchandising, CSU College of Health and Human Sciences

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