MIT N95 Face Mask iMASC
One big problem with traditional N95 face masks is that they can’t easily be sterilized for reuse, that is unless…you’re talking about iMASC (Injection Molded Autoclavable, Scalable, Conformable). Developed by MIT researchers, this mask can be sterilized in multiple ways without sacrificing its effectiveness. Examples would include using a steam sterilizer, heating them in the oven, or even soaking them in both bleach and rubbing alcohol. Read more for a video and additional information.

The mask has been tested with a group of 24 healthcare workers, ranging from nurses and physicians to technicians, who completed tasks that involved breathing, talking, moving their head / body as well as making facial expressions. Most said that the mask fit snugly, while remaining breathable.

One of the key things we recognized early on was that in order to help meet the demand, we needed to really restrict ourselves to methods that could scale. We also wanted to maximize the reusability of the system, and we wanted systems that could be sterilized in many different ways,” said MIT engineer Giovanni Traverso.