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Facemask Market and Technologies

April 30, 2024, Tuesday

8:00am-10:00am,  ET Canada & US

$USD 350

$USD 175 (Member Only )

Facemask Market and Technologies

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to provide the audience with the latest update on facemask market analysis and a depth understanding of the technologies used to make facemasks, especially meltblown electrostatic changing technologies, as a primary process used for making core protective filtration layers. We will also discuss new updates on test methods, certification standards, nanofiber technologies and other new developments, challenges, opportunities, and trends.

Course Outline

1. Introduction to Facemasks (Christine Sun)

  • General facemasks and types of use

  • Filtration principle of facemasks

2. Updated Market Analysis (Bob Mcilvaine)

  • Background

  • Market Variables

  • Market Forecast

3. Meltblown Processes and Electrostatic Charging Technologies (Peter Tsai)

  • Meltblowing process parameters and fabric properties

  • Electrostatic charging technologies and charge durability

  • Unique MB characteristics for masks to protect against SARS-CoV-2

4. Nanofiber Technologies in Facemask Applications (Christine Sun)

  • Methods to produce nanofibers

  • Nanofiber facemasks vs. meltblown electret PP facemasks

  • Value proposition

5. Face Mask Performance Requirements and Testing Industry Trends (Sarah Smit)

  • Overview of face mask products and test methods

  • Overview of ASTM F2100 test methods and performance requirements

  • ASTM F2100 current and future work and other face mask industry trends

6. New Developments, Opportunities and Trends  (Mehdi Shirmohamadi, Iyad Al-Attar and All)

Instructor Biography

Facemask Market and Technologies

Dr. Peter Tsai


Dr. Tsai. Professor of the Univerity of Tennessee,  has over 40 years of expertise in development of meltblowing (MB) system and the electrostatic charging (EC) of materials for making air filter electrets. The MB and the EC technologies developed Dr. Tsai have been used in the industries worldwide making billion pieces of N95 of face masks, and many other applications in air filtration. He receives three most prestigious awards from the University of Tennessee (UT) in recognition of his contribution in technology innovation and transfer. Dr. Tsai is entitled by AFS as a Fellow Member, famous for his invention of electret meltblown technologies for N95 facemask and air filtration applications.

Facemask Market and Technologies

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.

Facemask Market and Technologies

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 which he founded in 1974. Filtration has been their major focus from the beginning. Bob is a globally well-recognized market expert for the filtration industry. Over 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 the latest developments. In the recent years,  a great deal of effort has been devoted to the HVAC filters and face masks to support public safety, clean and health environments.

Dr. Mehdi Shirmohammadi is the R&D manager of Termeh Mask Co., a key face mask manufacturer in Turkey and Iran. 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, WFI Strategic Director, Visiting Academia Fellow, Cranfield University, UK.

Dr. Al-Attar is a mechanical engineer and an independent air filtration consultant. He is also a Visiting Academic Fellow in the School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, consulting for air quality and filter performance relevant to land-based gas turbines. Dr. Al-Attar is the strategic director, instructor, and advisory board member of the Waterloo Filtration Institute. In 2020, EUROVENT Middle East appointed Dr. Al-Attar as the first associated consultant for air filtration affairs. Dr. Al-Attar received his engineering degrees (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.) from the University of Toronto (Canada), Kuwait University, and Loughborough University (UK), respectively.

Dr. Al-Attar’s area of expertise focuses on designing and performing high-efficiency filters for HVAC and land-based gas turbine applications, particularly on the chemical and physical characterization of airborne particles. Dr. Al-Attar is a columnist in the EUROVENT Middle East newsletter, Climate Control Middle East Magazine, ES Engineering, USA, and Caloryfrio Magazine, Spain. He has authored many articles on air quality, filter design, performance, particle characterization, and climate change, which were translated into Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Al-Attar is an editorial member/referee in the Filtration Society (UK) and the Journal of Cleaner Production.

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