Olaf Isele, Ph.D.
Nonwovens Consultant, Metaxi SimBioSys LLC
BIOGRAPHYSeasoned and innovative nonwovens expert, Olaf worked in Procter & Gamble R&D on Baby- and Fem-Care material development as well as on substrate development in other business units and with corporate R&D. Retired after 24 years at P&G as Research Fellow in early 2018. Practiced and developed effective approach to Open Innovation through the supply stream working on novel fiber/nonwoven technologies across multiple platforms. Expertise and special interest in functional nonwovens, sustainability, softness and mathematical, first principles modeling. Presently independent consultant as well as working as specialist on projects for YourEncore client companies.
Lives in Cincinnati OH with his wife Wanda and his two sons, Erik and Karl.
3:10 pm - 4:20 pm
Which to Filter Out? A Comparative Assessment of Various Face Masks with a Focus on Sustainability
It hasn’t been easy for everyone to adapt to wearing face masks. Especially since for many, daily use has affected their quality of lives and even led to health issues such as acne, irritation, allergic reactions, headaches or even anxiety. Most would agree, however, that the main defense we can use at this time to fight COVID-19 on top of social distancing is to wear a mask. So how does one decide which mask is right for them while not sacrificing effectiveness? And which mask will leave the least amount of footprint on our already overly polluted world? There is still so much we don’t know about this disease and, furthermore, recommendations are frequently changing as evidence becomes available but that doesn’t mean we can’t make informed purchasing decisions. With a focus on sustainability (reusability, recyclability, using bio-based materials etc.), this will be a review of different mask designs and types, while also comparing performance data for filtration efficiency of fine particles and aerosols as well as breathability.