Meet the UT scientist who helped create the N95 mask

in Health & Wellness

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Dr. Peter Tsai says he moved to Knoxville in 1987 to work at the University of Tennessee as a material scientist and inventor.

Little did he know his work for improving the filtration of N95 would be highly recognized today.

“I improved the material. I did not design the respirator,” said Dr. Tsai. “But this respirator was designed for construction workers, and it was designed to be for one-time use.”

In the 1990s, Tsai says he received a patent for his new microfiber fabric that would prove to be more effective against airborne diseases like Tuberculosis.

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