Thrissur: A female researcher from here has developed the basic technology to produce medicine to treat bacterial infections in an economical way.
The technology can be used to treat bacteria that causes severe infection in patients suffering from cerebral inflammation, pneumonia and colon diseases. The anti-bacterial agent is called Griffin Tin Oxide Nanocomposite. It was developed by Anu N Mohan, a native of Viyyur here and a researcher in Christ deemed university in Bengaluru.
Details of the research has been published in Scientific Reports, a Nature publications journal, on Tuesday. The next stage of the research will try to develop medicines.
Graphite extracted from charcoal made from coconut shell and wood is the basic component. Tin is added to this to make graphene tin oxide. It has anti-bacterial properties, it has been proved. It will completely destroy Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an important cause of gram-negative infection.
250 micrograms of graphene tin oxide can destroy 10 lakh bacteria. Although graphene compounds are being used now, it is expensive to produce. Anu used charcoal made from coconut shell and wood to reduce production cost. She adds that graphene tin oxide can be used in sanitation as well. Anu is married to K V Vishnu, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.
Graphene is a variant of carbon that weighs only as much as an atom. It was extracted for the first time by Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim, professors of University of Manchester in 2004. They were awarded the Nobel prize in 2010. Graphene is a great conductor of heat and electricity, and has created a revolution in electronics. More research is being undertaken to explore its possibilities in medical science.