Professor George Stylios is acting as guest editor for the Materials Journal and has issued a call for papers for a special issue addressing “Personal Protective Materials (PPMs) for COVID-19” which calls upon the global scientific community to provide articles that address the issues surrounding COVID-19.
The issue will aim to provide facts, report on the progress of the research in new materials and processes, measurement and control, and hopefully offer fast and effective solutions that can help to develop new PPMs in the future.
Professor Stylios wrote: “Without a vaccine or any cure, at present, our only strategy is to contain the disease from spreading and offer protection to all. Unfortunately, most of the PPE has been designed for known pathogens in size and behaviour and is not designed for Covid-19. A good example of this is the use of face masks that is still causing confusion, with “some” questioning the high infection of medical staff and the effectiveness of these masks. Against this background, we are launching this Special Issue covering PPM, and although not exclusive to Covid-19, we would like to pull together the scientific community to help with facts, the progress of the research in new materials and processes, measurement and control, and hopefully to offer fast and effective solutions to personal protection.”