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Flattening the COVID-19 Curve with Porous Polymers

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11:00 am EST, May 27, 2020

Porous polymers are the unknown science behind many of the products used in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  From diagnostic tests to UV disinfection chambers and countless other applications, the different types and functions of porous polymers can be used to improve product performance and flatten the COVID-19 curve.

Join Avi Robbins, Porex vice president of product development and R&D, as he explains how to use porous polymers in specific applications being used to flatten the COVID-19 curve.  Among the applications they will explore in the webinar are:

  • Diagnostic testing components recommended by the CDC test protocol for COVID-19 sample collection and analysis
  • Diagnostic testing components approved or in process with FDA to allow patient testing at the point of care
  • Microporous PTFE solutions for UV reaction chambers to increase disinfection
  • Foam solutions for N95 masks and other personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Infection prevention solutions for use in hospitals to prevent healthcare-associated infections of frontline healthcare workers and patients
  • Ventilator component solutions that improve the safety, performance and patient outcomes of ventilator systems
  • Filtration, wicking and venting solutions across blood management and drug delivery devices

Attendees will learn about the three core technologies of porous polymers used in these COVID-19 applications – sintered particles, bonded fiber, and open-cell foam – and how they are used inside finished products to achieve key functionalities such as absorption, filtration, venting or wicking.  For each application, we will discuss key design & assembly questions for the porous components that engineers should keep in mind when designing the end device. 

Who should watch this webinar:

Perfect for design and manufacturing engineers who have either a potential product concept or need to improve an existing product, this webinar will explore the science behind specific applications being used to flatten the COVID-19 curve and how to pick the materials most suitable for your design needs.

What you will learn in this webinar:

  • Learn the science behind specific applications related to flattening the COVID-19 curve
  • Learn what critical CDC and FDA guidelines mean with regards to the materials you choose in testing applications
  • Understand what questions to ask when designing these applications so that the right material is selected
  • Explore how each porous plastic technology can be used to achieve the key functionalities related to these specific applications – including absorption, filtration, venting, and wicking

Register to watch the on-demand webinar with Q&A

*This webinar is not available to Porex competitors.


Avi Robbins, Vice President of Global Product Development, Porex

Host: Avi Robbins, Vice President of Global Product Development and R&D, Porex

Avi Robbins is the Vice President of Global Product Development and R&D. He joined POREX in 2010. Mr. Robbins has an array of technical and commercial experience in a variety of material and manufacturing technologies as well as markets globally. He was previously with Facet Technologies, an Atlanta based Medical Device Design and Manufacturing company focusing in the diabetes space holding a variety of positions such as R&D Management, Operations Engineering Management, and Program Management. Mr. Robbins has his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Master’s Degree in Business (MBA) from Emory University.