The nanotechnology-based startup Smart Separations, incubated at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, has won the online competitive pitch promoted by the European Innovation Council (EIC) to award the best projects coming up with solutions against COVID-19.
Only seven companies reached the final stage, and according to EIC, “ Smart Separations stole the show” with its micro-filter that blocks SARS-CoV-2, also known as the new coronavirus.
EIC webpage highlights that “Smart Separations has developed a nanotechnology-based smart coating, which destroys viruses, bacteria, and mould. The coating is used on their ceramic filters that block particles efficiently. Both the coating and filters act on-air and surfaces, two of the main ways that Coronavirus spreads”.
According to their CEO, Hugo Macedo “we have created easy to deploy coated stickers that fix to hundreds of surfaces where Coronavirus is commonly present […] besides, our coated gloves, masks, and air filters offer a solution for everyday use, in public transportation, offices or nursing homes. They ensure that the air you breathe and surfaces all around you are virus-free”.