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  • Artist’s rendering of an x-ray of lungs with swirls of graphite.

    Graphene and your health

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 6, 2024

    Initial studies test graphene as an emerging biological contaminant – where microplastics and pharmaceuticals have fallen. Graphene, a truly revolutionizing nanomaterial with potential that is hard to overstate, may continue to be developed without acute risk to human health, research suggests. Science has discovered an emergence of contaminants as unanticipated drawbacks to technological development – notably microplastics and pharmaceuticals that have made their way int...

  • Graphene Composites air filter COVID coronavirus nanomaterials Omicron variant

    Graphene filters to make breathing easier

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Graphene Composites Ltd., a world leader in nanomaterials engineering, announced the development of a unique coating for air filters that destroy viruses and bacteria on contact. Designed to be effective against all COVID variants, including Omicron, Graphene Composites introduces its GC Halo treatment for air filters to help deliver cleaner and safer indoor air. "GC Halo uses groundbreaking nanoparticle technology to neutralise pathogens," said Steve Devine, chief technology...

  • Teck Resources BCIT copper patches Copper and Health program Canada Coptek

    Teck bandages tech institute with copper

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Teck Resources Ltd. and the British Columbia Institute of Technology Sept. 8 announced the installation of more than 1,000 antimicrobial copper patches on high-touch surfaces at the institute in Burnaby, BC, the first installation of its kind at a post-secondary institution in Canada. Funded through Teck's Copper and Health program, the installation seeks to create a safer environment for students, faculty, and staff due to copper's natural antimicrobial properties. "We are...

  • Ventilator respirator valves made by Tesla GM Ford Tesla 3D printers coronavirus

    All hands effort to make ventilator parts

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    U.S. automakers are assessing whether they can convert their plants to manufacture critical medical equipment, like ventilators, that will be in short supply as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout America. The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily waived its enforcement and inspection requirement to allow companies outside the healthcare industry – such as automakers and other manufacturers – to begin manufacturing much-needed parts for ventilators and other respir...

  • Statue of Liberty antimicrobial copper Covid 19 antivirus hospitals

    More copper to fight future pandemics

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 27, 2020

    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of women miners are calling for more copper and its natural virus fighting properties in hospitals and other public places. "Copper has proven antimicrobial and anti-viral properties that could play an important role in fighting the COVID-19 virus and in minimizing the spread of other viruses and bacteria that could cause future pandemics," the Women's Mining Coalition penned in a recent paper on the public health benefits of... Full story