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Light-activated Anti-infective Coatings: Photosensitizer Embedded Nanofibrillated Cellulose

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Award date: 
Jun 7, 2016
Award amount: 
$99,998
Organization name: 
North Carolina State University
Principal Investigator: 
Ghiladi, Reza A.
Grant program category: 
Research and Equipment Support
Grant program name: 
Biotechnology Innovation Grant
Region: 
Research Triangle

Survival of bacteria, fungi, and viruses on improperly sterilized surfaces leads to pathogen transmission to new hosts, which in turn considerably increases their threat to human health. To combat this threat, we propose the commercialization of light-activated cellulose coatings with anti-infective properties, thus creating novel renewable, biodegradable, antimicrobial consumer staples.

Fiscal year: 
2016