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UAE University registered a patent for an electric mask to get rid of viruses

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ALAIN, 8th December, 2021 (WAM) — The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has registered a patent for an electrical mask to kill viruses, as we have seen with the recent COVID-19 epidemic, viral outbreaks or pandemics can result in numerous global, social and economic problems. In particular, this outbreak has highlighted the need for protective apparel such as facemasks and other protective gear which can offer the public protection from exposure. Although some studies show that anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand COVID-19 viruses are required for a person to contact COVID-19, other studies have shown that even as few as 10 viral particles can result in viral infection. It is also possible that accumulated viruses on masks and protective equipment can later be transferred onto the user’s hands or clothing and result in infection. This makes it clear that the effectiveness of protective apparel is of extreme importance and any improvements to this effectiveness may even mean the difference between life and death.

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at UAE University, led by Dr Mahmoud Al Ahmad, is addressing this challenge. They have developed and patented a device that has two flexible graphene electrodes connected to a power source such as a battery (supplies a low rating direct current of 1 µA to 100mA and a voltage 3 volts) to power the device. The two electrodes are fractal and interdigitated such that equal spaces exist between the different electrode "fingers". This fractal and interdigitated nature increases the surface area and provides for more area in the spaces for the viruses to make contact. The device can be attached to any protective apparel, for example face masks. The spaces are sufficiently large enough to permit adequate airflow to allow the user to breath. The backing material is made of suitable flexible plastics or polymer material, such as, for example, polycarbonate or Polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) sheets which can conform to the shape of the users face when the facemask is secured.

When the device is powered, one electrode is charged positively and the other electrode is charged negatively generating an electric field (~20MV/m) and causing a current to flow through or across any viruses located in or near the spaces. The viruses are therefore either fully destroyed, or partially destroyed or at least incapacitated and rendered harmless. The device settings such as current rating and application period can be adjusted to be effective for different kinds of viruses. The device can also be attached to any kind of protective apparel.

A second application of the device is its functionality for vaccine development. By applying an alternating current superimposed with direct bias, the viruses’ infectivity is affected and physiology and communicability destroyed. It can then be used to create a vaccine against viruses of the same type.

Prof Ahmed Ali Murad, Associate Provost for Research at UAE University, said the University supports and encourages innovation in many fields. The University through the Patents and Intellectual Property Unit at the Office, supports researchers and faculty members ideas and contribute to preserve the ideas and register the researchers and university rights through the electronic system which allow the researcher to submit the idea and then review it scientifically and legally through legal firm that allow the idea to be granted a patent within a period of 7 months.

He added that this patent comes as part of the University’s efforts to find the best solutions to the global health challenges especially those related to the viruses spread and public health protection as the Health is considered one of the research strategic priorities of the university. He added also that we are proud and happy to contributed to strengthen the national’s efforts to protect the health of the community and we are looking forward to starting marketing this patent as next step.

"The work is of interest for the scientific community; it will open new areas to search to provide smart solutions to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic," said Mahmoud Al Ahmad, an associate professor of engineering at the University of United Arab Emirates. ''While the concept will require more development before being applied to PPE, it is an excellent start in this direction.''

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UAE Cabinet approves restructuring of Securities and Commodities Authority’s Board of Directors

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DUBAI, 20th January, 2020 (WAM) — The Cabinet has approved a decision to restructure the Board of Directors of the Securities and Commodities Authority, under the chairmanship of Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi.

The decision is part of developing the system and workflow in the federal government in support of the UAE’s vision, and enabling the Securities and Commodities Authority to perform its plans and roles in promoting the performance of the financial markets in the country, according to systems that lay the foundations for flexibility and legislative sustainability, as part of the country’s directives to support and develop highly efficient and flexible financial markets.

As part of its duties, the Board will work to strengthen and develop the legislative and administrative system for the financial markets in the country, and support the supervisory and regulatory systems in accordance with best practices, to consolidate the UAE’s stature and its global leadership in this field.

The three-year membership includes Dr. Ali Mohammed Bakheett Al Rumaithi, Board Member of Central Bank of the UAE; Dr. Abdulla Al Khatib, Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Law – UAE University; Alyazia Ali Saleh Al Kuwaiti, Executive Director-Upstream & Integrated Business at Mubadala Investment; and Faisal Yousef bin Sulaiten, Executive Director of the Economic Security Centre of Dubai, along with representative of the youth category to be nominated by the General Secretariat of the Cabinet.

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WAM, Mexico media entities discuss media cooperation

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MEXICO CITY, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — A delegation from the Emirates News Agency (WAM) has discussed ways to enhance media cooperation with a number of media entities in Mexico.

The discussion took place during the delegation's visit, led by Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director-General of WAM, to Mexico, at the end of a tour to Latin America, which included Brazil and Colombia. This tour is part of WAM's efforts to partner with international media institutions.

During the tour, the delegation met with the officials of Cuartoscuro, a magazine that specialises in photography and press information, established in 1986. The two institutions discussed opportunities to enhance media ties and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to exchange and share media content between them.

The delegation also visited the headquarters of TV Azteca, a Mexican multimedia conglomerate owned by Grupo Salinas. It is the second-largest mass media company in Mexico after Televisa and broadcasts its programmes to 13 countries. The two sides explored means to develop media cooperation, news exchange, and the group's participation in the Global Media Congress, an event that will be hosted by Abu Dhabi next November.

The WAM delegation also visited Canal 11, a Mexican educational television network with 1,500 employees, and one of the most famous channels nationwide and in Latin America, that is fully funded by the Mexican government. The widespread network's daily followers reach nearly 30 million viewers and 3 million followers in the United States of America.

Canal 11 focuses on the most critical world news, local news, and educational programmes for children. Both sides agreed to broadcast a weekly article about the UAE, with materials provided by WAM in Spanish.

The delegation also visited "El Universal", a famous Mexican newspaper established 100 years ago, which is considered one of the most essential content makers in the media sector with over 240 journalists worldwide. They agreed to sign an MoU to exchange news in light of the desire of the Mexican side to increase its news about the UAE.

Al Rayssi stressed the importance of this visit in exploring broader horizons to enhance media cooperation with Mexican media, which has a history full of professional achievements.

He added that WAM is looking forward to building strategic relations with media establishments in Mexico due to the continuous cooperation between the two countries.

WAM Director-General expressed his aspiration for the participation of the Mexican media in the Global Media Congress in Abu Dhabi next November. He added that the Congress will provide a significant platform for building partnerships and fostering ties between media institutions worldwide.

Al Rayssi concluded by thanking all officials from the UAE Embassy in Mexico, commending their efforts to provide all forms of support to the WAM delegation during its stay in Colombia, which played a crucial role in making the visit a success.

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Foreign Minister of Pakistan affirms his country’s full solidarity with UAE

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ISLAMABAD, 20th January, 2022 (WAM) — Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, has received in his office Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan.

Qureshi expressed his strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack by the Houthi militia on civil facilities in the UAE. He considered the attack a threat to international peace and security, expressing regret for the civilian casualties, including a Pakistani citizen, due to the cowardly terrorist attack.

He added, "The UAE and Pakistan have solid historical relations, and we reiterate our full solidarity with the UAE in all the measures it takes to preserve the security and safety of its citizens and the sovereignty of its territories."

The Pakistani Foreign Minister also extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this terrorist attack and his wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

In turn, the UAE Ambassador thanked the minister for the firm Pakistani position, condemnation and sincere solidarity with the UAE and its people with regard to this heinous attack, which is inconsistent with all international norms and laws.

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