Thanks to a coating based on silica and silver nanoparticles that Professor Ferraris’ team has been working on for more than 10 years, safer and more reliable filters can be created to eliminate any external pathogens, including the virus that causes the Covid-19, as demonstrated by tests conducted by Dr. Elena Percivalle at the IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo di Pavia foundation and being published in the Open Ceramics magazine.
«We have been working on this coating for more than ten years» commented Monica Ferraris, professor in charge of the research group and co-inventor of the patent, «Funding was first regional, then European, and finally the initiative for the financing of ‘Proof of Concept’ supported by the Polytechnic together with Compagnia di San Paolo; but it is thanks to the help and expertise of our colleagues in the Technology Transfer and Industry Relations Area that our contacts with those interested in the patent, GV Filtri in particular, have continued so effectively “.
The technology and the related patent have found the interest of GV Filtri of Baldissero Torinese, a company specialized for 30 years in the development and production of industrial filters. The agreement reached between Politecnico di Torino and GV Filtri is fundamental for the completion of the technology transfer process of the invention, as it allows GV Filtri to industrialize the application development of the coating on its industrial filters, with the aim of bringing the technology on the market by introducing significant innovation in existing products or by creating completely new products.
«Such agreements – declares Giuliana Mattiazzo, vice rector for the Technology Transfer of the Polytechnic of Turin – perfectly represent the virtuous results of what we mean by technology transfer: the world of Research must dialogue with the entrepreneurial fabric, in a continuous exchange whose result it is much more than the sum of the parts. ”