Graphene is a lamellar material of carbon atoms derived from graphite. Its properties include being hard, flexible, and a conductor of heat and electricity.
Are Graphene Masks Dangerous?
Currently, it has many applications in the field of technology.
Specifically, one millimeter of graphite contains three million layers of graphene, a material composed of only a single layer of carbon atoms and with a honeycomb-like, or hexagonal, structure, according to Graphenano, a company specializing in nanotechnology.
The danger of these masks, whose distribution has been crippled, could be that the manufacturers have not used “overlapping sheets” but nanoparticles “that can potentially be inhaled,” explains Antonio Osuna, a professor at the University of Granada and a member of the Institute of Biotechnology.
Although not much is known scientifically about the use of this material in the masks, nanoparticles inhaled by users of the masks can cause inflammation in the mucous membranes, it would have to be proven that these nanoparticles pass through the filters of these.
However, last Thursday, the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) has already called for the voluntary cessation of the marketing of these surgical masks with graphene biomass, since the Canadian Health Agency has reported in a document the possible risks due to the presence of graphene or graphene biomass in these masks.
Therefore, AEMPS is conducting an investigation to examine the potential risk of inhaling graphene particles when using these surgical masks and the risk that could result.