The ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic situation since early 2020 has led to numerous challenges in efforts to respond to the pandemic, including availability of PPE (Personal protective equipment), ventilators, and space in hospitals, reliability of diagnostic testing, and effective treatments for varied symptoms. Clinicians, scientists, and engineers have pursued heroic research efforts to curb the pandemic. The September 2021 theme issue of MRS Bulletin examines several research areas involving the development of materials for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19. This includes materials science and engineering approaches to develop methods for disinfecting PPE to address shortages, rapid and reliable diagnostic tests, biomaterial-based vaccines, and nanomaterial-based treatments.
The talks in this webinar will cover some of these aspects. An interactive Q&A session and discussions will follow the presentations.
Recent developments in filtration media and respirator technology in response to COVID-19 Peter Wang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Talk begins at 6:19
Nucleic acid delivery and nanoparticle design for COVID vaccines Jason Andreson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Talk begins at 36:15