A gas mask made with the use of nano-gold catalyst technology was among 12 new inventions unveiled by the Ministry of Education to highlight the results of research and development cooperation projects among nine technology colleges.
The nano mask, which can convert a poisonous gas into a harmless one, was invented by a team led by Su Chao-chin, an associate professor at the National Taipei Technology University Department of Molecular Science and Engineering.
Su said the nano gold catalyst used in the mask was obtained from gold wires in recycled electronic products and then processed into catalysts, which is known as nano-gold technology.
The technology can transform poisonous carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide, which means the mask is suitable for use by motorcyclists on the road or by firefighters, Su explained at a press conference.
The mask is patented and will be commercialized as a gas mask in the future, Su added. Other inventions include the nation’s first air pollution detecting drone designed by a Fooyin University professor Char Jir-ming.
The drone can detect particles in the air, including ozone or pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, while in flight. Another invention showcased was Chienkuo Technology University’s energy saving bicycle, which unlike most bikes can move forward even when the rider is back peddling.
The bike which uses an energy saving device that stores energy from peddling can help cyclists save energy as it increases the bike’s gradeability by 20 percent, said Jan Fu-she, assistant professor at the university’s Department of Automation Engineering and Institute of Mechatronoptic Systems.
The research team is already collaborating with manufacturers to have the bike mass produced by the end of this year, Jan said.
An interactive rehabilitative grip device designed by Horng Mong-fong, an associate professor at National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences Department of Electric Engineering, was also displayed.
Hung said the device is equipped with a wireless micro sensor that can control the grip of patients in rehabilitation. It is hoped that physical therapy centers in the future will be equipped with cloud technology, which will allow online viewing of patients rehab progress, Hung added.