At the Heart of the Pandemic Response: An Overview of Meltblown Media for PPE

When:  Jul 15, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET)

Many of you are aware of the immediate surge in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE - such as face masks, and medical apparel) coupled with broken supply chains, which have resulted in a severe shortage during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Meltblown filter media are critical functional material employed to filter micro-organisms, including viruses. Even though, this technique has been in commercial practice for over half a century (Wente 1956, Buntin et al. 1970), continuous advances in technology have enabled highly functional articles capable of specific use in filtration, waterproof fabrics, medical gowns, and sorbents.

This webinar details the history of technology of meltblowing and showcases the efficacy of the technique in fighting microbial pandemics. A broad survey of related developments is presented to inform the wide audience in the wake of a revival of this technology in the western hemisphere.

Meet Presenter:

Dr. Syamal Tallury

Research and Technology

ExxonMobil Chemical

Dr. Tallury is currently working in the Polymer Products Technology group at ExxonMobil Chemical, Baytown TX. His work specializes in Polypropylene and Vistamaxx™ products with applications in hygiene and medical industries, as well as plastics recycling. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Dr. Tallury was a researcher at the Nonwoven Institute, Raleigh NC and developed shape memory polymer articles and devices. He has co-authored 3 book chapters, 6 patents and 12 peer reviewed articles.

Benefits of participating include:

  • Recognizing meltblowing technology and how it relates to personal protective equipment
  • Gaining comprehensive understanding of face mask and medical fabric design

Register today for TAPPI's free webinar At the Heart of the Pandemic Response: An Overview of Meltblown Media for PPE. Held on Wednesday, July 15th at 12:00 PM EST.

Webinar attendance is free and open to everyone, but registration is required.


Meredith Henderson

[email protected]