Our First International Fellow arrives
International Fellowship PhD student, Wazed Ali, has joined the University of Bolton for a year as part of his three-year research project, working to develop a wide range of antimicrobial textiles that will be resistant to bacteria, such as MRSA.
Wazad, who has been based for two years at the prestigious Indian university, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, is sponsored by the University of Bolton for the duration of the project.
He is the University of Bolton's first International Fellowship recipient, an award launched in 2005 to further knowledge exchange with newly industrialised countries.
Within his research programme, Development of Natural Product Based Antimicrobial Textile Products for Healthcare and Hygiene Applications, Wazad's aim is to harness the properties of natural materials.
The goal is to create antimicrobial textiles using biodegradable and environmentally-friendly natural products such as aloe vera and neem extracts. The neem tree, common on the Indian subcontinent, is a rich source of medicinal compounds. It is known to have insect control, antimicrobial and medicinal properties. In India, neem has been in use since ancient times as a traditional medicine against various human ailments, such as eczema. The developed materials would be used in hospitals.
Currently, antimicrobial textiles are only effective against a small number of bacteria and no textile available provides a complete shield against a range of pathogenic bacteria, whichare highly contagious and can be transmitted through contact with infected textiles, such as hospital pillowcases.
Wazad is supervised at Bolton by Dr Subbiyan Rajendran and is based within the Centre for Materials Research and Innovation (CMRI). His supervisor at IIT, a university ranked among the world's top 50, has been Dr Mangala Joshi, from its Department of Textiles Technology.
Said Dr Rajendran: 'We are delighted to welcome Wazad to Bolton and see how well his research work is developing.
'We look forward to working with him over the next 12 months. We are grateful to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK for funding his travel and living expenses.
'This project has been a first for CMRI and has proved to be a great stride forward in developing our research relationship with IIT.'
Wazad has received two grants, the University of Bolton International Fellowship award and a Commonwealth Scholarship Commission grant to help cover expenses, including tuition fees and travel costs. Together they total almost £27,000.
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