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Sustainable Alternative Material for PPE Kit – A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Approach at Nano Level

P.S. Prasan, Arun Y. Patil, Raman Kumar, T.M. Yunuskhan, Chandrashekhar Hegde and M.A. Sudeept

Abstract

Personal protective equipment (PPE) kits vividly used for safeguarding groups, especially the medical fraternity that are vulnerable to pathogen transfer from infected patients. Due to the current pandemic outbreak, PPE kits have gained canter-stage to avoid viral transmission. Presently, most economical PPE kits made using polypropylene and high-density polyethylene. However, it observed that for maintaining acceptable levels of fluid permeability through the fabric, the garment possesses several layers of the same material. The multilayered fabric gains greater physical strength as the density of the fabric increases; however, the multiple layers hinder ergonomics and elevate the temperature in the vicinity of the wearer’s body, making it uncomfortable. To address this issue, we performed a random copolymer molecular dynamics simulation on blends of poly(methyl 2-methylpropanoate), poly(propanoic acid), poly(2-hydroxypropanoic acid), and poly(ethane-1,2-diol). The predicted properties of the copolymer suggest new strategies for the design of protective gear.

Published on: March 12, 2024
doi: 10.17756/nwj.2024-s1-014
Citation: Prasan PS, Patil AY, Kumar R, Yunuskhan TM, Hegde C, et al. 2024. Sustainable Alternative Material for PPE Kit – A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Approach at Nano Level. NanoWorld J 10(S1): S72-S78.

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