Monday, 06 April 2020 08:31

Heeding the President's call to action, Unisa's labs step up to the sanitiser challenge

The humble hand sanitiser was one of the first products to disappear from South Africa’s retail shelves as the extent of the Covid-19 crisis became increasingly clear, yet it remains one of the most essential and basic weapons in the battle to contain the virus.

Responding to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for South Africans to come together like never before to face a threat unlike any other experienced in recent memory, the University of South Africa (Unisa) is utilising the laboratories and equipment at its high-tech Science Campus to provide citizens with an effective, affordable hand and surface sanitiser solution.

The project is the brainchild of MSc student Fungai Chibaya and draws on the expertise of scientists attached to the university’s Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability (NanoWS) research unit. Located in Unisa’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), NanoWS is a strategic research unit that sustainably addresses current and emerging issues relating to water quality and water scarcity. Established in 2014, the unit has a proud history of providing technology solutions to communities all over the country.

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