Bame Rrammala - Student
The toilet seat harbors a number of microorganisms that may cause infections such Escherichia coli, Streptococcus spp, Noroviruses etc. that causes infections like skin rashes, diarrhoea and urinary tract infections. Her idea is to design an antimicrobial polymer mat that has the capacity to inhibit the growth of microbes or readily kill them. The mat will be produced from nanostructured cellulose fibres, an abundant and biodegradable polymer. Their main target market for the mat will be schools, filling stations and cleaning companies that have contracts to clean public toilets as well as for individuals to use in their homes.