Biosafety Materials: An Emerging New Research Direction of Materials Science from COVID-19 Outbreak
The Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a serious biosafety event that has a huge impact on the global society and economy. The importance of biosafety is once again being valued. After the outbreak of COVID-19, governments of most countries are encouraged to speed up the development of biosafety, which places higher requirements on researchers in biosafety and relevant fields. The outbreak of COVID-19 revealed many problems including no effective drugs and vaccines available, difficulty in disinfection especially for special places, insufficient protective equipment and shortage of transport equipment for infectious patients. To a large extent, those biosafety problems are largely due to the limited research on materials science. Currently, tremendous efforts on the research in materials science have provided a wide assortment of materials with peculiar properties to solve biosafety problems. Therefore, the integration of biosafety and materials science could be an effective way to overcome the challenges in biosafety field. Here we officially proposed the discipline definition and intension for biosafety materials, aiming to promote the development of biosafety materials, and call for active cooperation between materials scientists and the biosafety- related scientists in the worldwide.