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Society for Applied Microbiology New Lecturer Research Grant

We are delighted that Maitreyi has been awarded a Society for General Microbiology New Lecturer Research Grant to investigate disinfection of norovirus using a novel catalyst.

Norovirus is a pathogen that causes gastroenteritis, and is a major concern in hospitals and healthcare settings where young children, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals might be at risk of infections. Norovirus can persist in the environment for several weeks, and identifying effective disinfectants against the virus that minimise the likelihood of resistance development is crucial.

In this project, we will investigate the use of a novel Fenton's-like modified polyacrylonitrile catalyst to improve the biocidal activity of hydrogen peroxide against the virus. The work will be conducted in collaboration with Prof Katherine Huddersman (De Montfort University) and Prof Susannah Walsh (Robert Gordon University).

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