International HEIs convene for the launching of low-cost Powered Air-Purifying Respirators

CTU, Gunma University (Japan), and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) collaborated for a lockdown-free society through the launching of low-cost powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) in CTU Main on March 18th, 2022.

Going through the “world-longest lockdown”, Cebu prompted CTU to a Japanese government-funded international research collaboration with Gunma University and Nanyang Technological University.

The cooperation of international HEIs on this research project aims to pave the way for a lockdown-free society or nation.

The high-end and low-cost prototypes are developed in the newly established Distancing-Free Mask CTU Laboratory (DFM CTU Lab) at CTU Main, expecting to be suitable for daily use by medical workers and the general public.

A high-end respirator with an almost-perfect shielding performance filtering 99.97% of aerosol will be developed and tested in 3 hospitals and two universities in Cebu. Consequently, a Usage-rate Network Monitoring System (UNMS) will also expand to collect and analyze the operational conditions of each PAPR.

DFM CTU Lab has been established to accelerate international research collaboration projects by developing prototypes. – Divine Grace Umadlao/BS DevCom Intern