December 19, 2023, Baltimore, MD – DiPole Materials, a Materic company, has been awarded $100,000 in SBIR funding from the EPA to develop affordable, adaptable, and effective biodegradable filters made from nanofibers to clean indoor air during wildfires.

Wildfire smoke contains harmful Particulate Matter (PM2.5) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that cause respiratory irritation and other harmful health effects when inhaled. DiPole Materials is aiming to address the problem of wildfire smoke pollution in indoor environments by electrospinning biodegradable polymers to produce energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and cost-effective indoor air filters. DiPole has expertise in electrospinning, a process that produces nanofiber materials with high surface area-to-volume ratios, allowing for drastically improved filtration efficiency without sacrificing back pressure. DiPole’s disposable air filters will also be made using biodegradable materials, to minimize environmental impact.

Read the EPA press release here.