A gas mask made using nano-gold catalyst technology was among 12 inventions unveiled by the Ministry of Education yesterday to highlight the results of research and development cooperation projects undertaken at nine technology colleges.
The nano-mask, which can convert poisonous gas into harmless vapor, was invented by a team led by Su Chao-chin (蘇昭瑾), an associate professor at the National Taipei Technology University’s department of molecular science and engineering.
Su said the nano-gold catalyst used in the mask was obtained from recycled gold wire stripped from old electronic products and then turned into catalysts, a process known as nano-gold technology.
The technology can transform poisonous carbon monoxide into benign carbon dioxide, making the mask suitable for use by motorcyclists and firefighters.
Su said the mask is patented and will be commercialized in the future.
Other inventions include the nation’s first air pollution detection drone designed by Fooyin University professor, Char Jir-ming (賈澤民).
The drone can detect particles in the air, including ozone or pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, while in flight.
Chienkuo Technology University showcased an energy-saving bicycle, which unlike most bikes, can move forward even when the rider is back-pedaling.
The bike uses an energy-saving device that stores power while the cyclist is pedaling and can help save energy as it increases the bike’s gradeability by 20 percent, said Jan Fu-she (詹福賜), assistant professor at the Chienkuo’s Department of Automation Engineering and Institute of Mechatronoptic Systems.
An interactive rehabilitative grip device designed by Horng Mong-fong (洪盟峰), an associate professor at National Kaohsiung University’s applied sciences department of electric engineering, was also on show.
Hung said the device is equipped with a wireless micro sensor that can control a patient’s grip during rehabilitation.
It is hoped that physical therapy centers in the future will be equipped with cloud technology, which will allow online viewing of the patient’s rehabilitation progress, Hung added.