Scientists engineer a ‘self-charging’ electrostatic face mask for prolonged air filtration, reducing the environmental burden

Researchers have engineered an electrostatic face mask that can ‘self-charge’ through the user’s breathing and continuously replenish its electrostatic charge as the user wears and breathes through the mask. This significantly increase the filtering performance in prolonged use of the mask for up to 60 hours, compared to four hours for a conventional surgical mask. This also benefits the environment.