"For example this technology could be used to filter airborne viruses such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the avian flu virus, both of which are currently a major concern to the international community."
He said because the membrane was designed to permit a large flux or flow, it could also be used for water treatment, as well as within the pharmaceutical and food industries.
Another benefit of the technology is that the alumina and titania nanofibres are made from compounds produced in abundance in Australia.
"It's literally home-grown technology," he said.
"Titania is a compound found in beach sand and alumina is an intermediate product of aluminium which is the third most abundant element in the earth's crust.
"Australia is the largest producer of alumina and titania in the world meaning we can make nano-mesh relatively easily and cheaply."
But Dr Zhu said the future of nano-mesh relied on attracting an industry partner interested in developing the technology into a commercial product.
"We have proven the technology works, so the initial research has been done," he said.
"We now need a partner to come on board and help us develop this technology into a product that has the potential to save the lives of people with HIV."
Source:Queensland University of Technology