This proposal presents a waste-derived reusable adsorbent pad that you can wear on your feet to eliminate the sweaty odor. The proposed odor removal patch includes mainly two layers namely the moisture-absorbing layer, and malodor removing layer/ freshening layer, wherein the moisture-absorbing layer is made of waste-derived cellulose fibers and malodor removing/freshening layer made of carbonized rice husk and citrus (e.g., lemon, orange, etc.) rind. The two layers adhered together using a glue material. Further, the patch incorporates an adhesive layer that helps in attaching to the interior of user’s shoe. Further, this adsorbent shoe pad consists of carbon-based Quantum Dots (QDs) which have surface functionalities and capable to kill bacteria and other microorganisms. The adsorbent pad will absorb the moisture, Volatile Organic Components (VOCs), microbes and eliminate skin infection. The use of natural flavonoids will provide refreshing natural essence to the feet. The proposed work will be developed into a prototype and tested for its adsorption-desorption cycle to ensure the reusability of the pads. This will help to contribute in sustainable economy and become a perfect product for smelly feet.
Received a grant of INR 250,000 from NewGen IEDC
Filled a patent application, Patent number is 202011048390
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