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Air Filtration for Personal Protection

August 27, 2024, Tuesday

8:00am-10:00am,  ET Canada & US

$USD 350

$USD 175 (Member Only )

Air Filtration for Personal Protection

Course Objective

This course aims to provide the audience with a comprehensive understanding of air filtration technologies and their applications for personal protection, particularly for individual uses such as face masks, respirators, and powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR). We will review the principles of air filtration, learn advanced technologies used for PPE applications, product design and evaluation, and standards and regulations. The panel discussion will address new developments, opportunities, and trends in the field, as well as best practices for ensuring optimal performance and safety in various environments.

Course Outline

1. Introduction to Air Filtration for Personal Protection

2. Principles of Air Filtration for Personal Production

3. Advanced  Technologies for PPE Applications

  • Meltblown Processes

  • Electrostatic Charging Technologies

  • Nanofiber Technologeis

4. Product Design for Personal Protetion

5, Standards and Regulations

6. New Developments, Opportunities, and Trends

Instructor Biography

Air Filtration for Personal Protection

Dr. Peter Tsai


Dr. Peter Tsai, Emeritus Professor at the University of Tennessee, has over 40 years of expertise in developing meltblowing (MB) systems and electrostatic charging (EC) materials for creating air filter electrets. The MB and EC technologies developed by Dr. Tsai have been utilized globally to produce billions of N95 face masks and numerous other air filtration applications. As the architect behind the core technology in N95 respirators, Dr. Tsai has made tremendous efforts to help industry players and the general public worldwide stay safe during the pandemic. He has received numerous international awards, including the Impact Award by the Federal Laboratory Consortium, the Director Award from Oak Ridge Laboratory, the 2021 US R&D Award, the Health Care Heroes Award from, and the Innovator Award 2020 from the Chinese American Museum. Dr. Tsai has earned 500 academic credit hours in Science and Engineering, published 500 technical papers, and holds 12 US patents. He has received three of the most prestigious awards from the University of Tennessee (UT) in recognition of his contributions to technology innovation and transfer. He is remaining active in R&D, curretnly conducting 10 projects with $1 million funding.

Air Filtration for Personal Protection

Christine Sun, PhD


Dr. Sun, President of the Waterloo Filtration Institute, is a globally renowned technical and market expert in the filtration and nonwovens industry. With over 30 years of experience in academia and industry, she has in-depth knowledge of filtration and extensive hands-on expertise in product and business development, evidenced by her contribution of over 100 technical publications and patents in the field. She is also actively involved in the development of many air and liquid filter test standards, such as ASHRAE and ISO. Dr. Sun worked for Freudenberg Filtration Technologies from 2004 to 2011 as an R&D manager and then served as Technology Director for Donaldson Company from 2011 to 2013. She was the Chair of the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS) from 2016 to 2017 and has received the AFS Fellow Award in 2019, the Sr. Scientist Award in 2012, and the best paper awards from INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) in 2008. She is also an editorial board member for the Textile Research Journal and the Journal of Industrial Textiles. Dr. Sun received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and her Executive Certificate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA.

Air Filtration for Personal Protection

Sarah Smit, B.S, CQPA (ASQ)


Mrs. Sarah Smit, UT, USA, has been employed at Nelson Laboratories for over 12 years and is the Laboratory Operations Director in the Protective Barriers department of the company. As sub-chair of the F23.40 ASTM biological committee, which oversees the standards for medical face masks and gowns, she helps lead standard development for testing medical protective clothing. She received a BS in biology from the University of Utah.

Panel Speakers

Mr. Bob Mcilvaine is the President of the Mcilvaine Company, specializing in market forecasting, publishing, and technical Analysis. He founded the company in 1974. Filtration has been their major focus from the beginning. Bob is a globally well-recognized market expert in the filtration industry. Over the decades, he has led the company to provide market research and technical evaluations on liquid and air filtration technologies. He has been actively involved in various filtration applications and keeps updated with new developments in the dynamic filtration and separation market. During the pandemic, Bob and his team put great efforts into the facemasks and HVAC filtration for public education and safety. Bob is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson School of Domestic and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Dr. Mehdi Shirmohammadi is the R&D Manager of Termeh Mask Co., a key face mask manufacturer in Turkey, Iran, and the UAE. He has more than 20 years of experience (academic and industrial) in air filtration systems and respiratory masks. Mehdi is a recognized expert in textile fibers, high-efficiency filter media, and antibacterial adsorbents, involved in co-leading standard development committees at the ISIRI in writing standards for respiratory masks. During his air purification research, he worked through the chain of air cleaning processes from polymers, textile fibers, filter media, filter elements, filtration systems, testing instruments, and standardization. He has been focused on antimicrobial adsorber filter media since 2010 and has some patents and publications. Mehdi received his Ph.D. in Textile (chemistry and fibers sciences) from IAU, Iran. He is a Certified Filtration and Separation Specialist (CFSS) for air filtration, awarded as WFI’s Student of the Year in 2022.

 Dr. Iyad Al-Attar, Dr. Iyad Al-Attar is a mechanical engineer and independent air filtration consultant. He serves as a Visiting Academic Fellow in the School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, UK, focusing on air quality and filter performance for land-based gas turbines. He is the Strategic Director and Advisory Board Member of the Waterloo Filtration Institute and was appointed as the first associated consultant for air filtration affairs by EUROVENT Middle East in 2020. Dr. Al-Attar received his engineering degrees (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.) from the University of Toronto (Canada), Kuwait University, and Loughborough University (UK), respectively. His expertise includes designing high-efficiency filters for HVAC and gas turbine applications, and he has authored numerous articles on air quality, filter design, and climate change. He contributes to various industry publications and serves as an editorial member and referee for the Filtration Society (UK) and the Journal of Cleaner Production.

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