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Inulin Nanofibers with Prebiotic and Antibacterial Activity

The American University in Cairo (AUC), Cairo, Egypt

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Fabrication of electrospun nanofibers from natural materials using Electrospinning technique and investigating the microbiological effect of the electrospun nanofibers versus their solutions. The natural material used was Inulin, and it was mixed with FDA approved synthetic polymer (PVA), to aid inulin’s electrospinning capability.

Primary Application Area: Pharmaceuticals & Personal Care

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Our Electrospun composite nanofibers are composed of natural materials, are biocompatible, not harmful for human use/consumption and offer enhanced prebiotic and antibacterial activity with minimal use of synthetic chemicals compared to their non-electrospun solutions. These nanofibers have a variety of possible applications against different types of bacteria.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 641

Website: http://www.aucegypt.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date:

Primary Sources of Funding: University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners