Disinfecting Indian Waters with Novel Antimicrobial Polymer Membranes (7AIC grants 2016)

3 November 2016

Sector: Science, Technology and Innovation
Country location: India, Australia
Grantee: The University of New South Wales

Project Description

Australian-based polymer chemist, Edgar Wong from UNSW Australia, will be collaborating with IITD materials scientist, Leena Nebhani, to develop new and effective water purification membranes that can kill multidrug-resistant bacteria found in Indian waters. Clean and safe water supply is essential for preventing the spread of infectious diseases caused by bacteria. In India, clean water supply remains inadequate and this has led to bacteria-causing diseases such as bloody diarrhoea or dysentery. Furthermore, the rise of antibiotic resistance means there is an increased urgency in developing novel and effective materials to combat this global issue. By using advanced polymer engineering, this project will provide effective nanomaterials that can safeguard our health from 'bad bugs'.

Key dates

  • Scientific journal publication 1: 01 March 2017 to 01 April 2017
  • Scientific journal publication 2: 01 September 2017 to 01 October 2017
  • Seminar - India, 31 October 2017
  • Seminar - Australia, 30 November 2017
  • Conference presentation - Australia, 01 December 2017

Social media accounts: https://www.facebook.com/unsw/ ; https://twitter.com/UNSW

Australia-India Council grant offer: $19,300.00

Total project value: $23,300.00



Last Updated: 3 November 2016
Edgar Wong of UNSW Australia is hoping that new antimicrobial materials made via biopolymer engineering can help combat the rising threat of bacteria-causing infectious diseases. Edgar is developing novel and effective antimicrobial polymeric materials for water disinfection in a joint effort with colleagues at IITD
Edgar Wong of UNSW Australia is hoping that new antimicrobial materials made via biopolymer engineering can help combat the rising threat of bacteria-causing infectious diseases. Edgar is developing novel and effective antimicrobial polymeric materials for water disinfection in a joint effort with colleagues at IITD. (Credit: Edgar Wong)